HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Perfect 10
Octaman
Red Penguins
China Syndrome, The
Babyteeth
Round-Up, The
Around the Sun
Once There Was Brasilia
Peripheral
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Ice
She Demons
Good Girls, The
Hail, Hero!
Faces in the Crowd
Tamango
Traitor, The
Tomorrow
Third Generation, The
Saxon Charm, The
Spy Intervention
Moonrise
Mulan
Killer with a Thousand Eyes, The
Vigil, The
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The
Wizard of Baghdad, The
Ride
Good Manners
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Sweet Home
Big Score, The
Siddhartha
Three Outlaw Samurai
Echoes of Fear
Guinea Pig, The
Truth, The
Good Die Young, The
Old Guard, The
Gumnaam
   
 
Newest Articles
Network On Air: Nights in with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
   
 
  1990: The Bronx Warriors Trespassers Will Be Executed
Year: 1982
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, Fred Williamson, Mark Gregory, Stefania Girolami Goodwin, Ennio Girolami, George Eastman, Joshua Sinclair, Betty Dessy, Rocco Lero, Massimo Vanni, Angelo Ragusa, Enzo G. Castellari
Genre: Action, Trash, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 3 votes)
Review: The year is 1990 and The Bronx area of New York has been isolated and cordoned off from the rest of the city, leaving it a desolate wasteland of ruins and dangerous gangs. Into this perilous situation stumbles the runaway daughter of a millionaire arms dealer, Ann (Stefania Girolami), who is looking to flee her responsibilities before she inherits her fortune and her place at the head of a company that makes enormous wealth from death and destruction, although if that is what she was trying to avoid, then she might have wound up in the wrong part of town...

Another of writer and director Enzo G. Castellari's action spectaculars, 1990: The Bronx Warriors (or 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx if you preferred the original title) looked quite plainly to be the work of people who were much impressed by Walter Hill's The Warriors and John Carpenter's Escape from New York. From the former were the gangs with their own distinctive looks, and a journey through their territories, and from the latter was the whole notion of part of the Big Apple descending into anarchy, with a mission to retrieve someone as part of that.

The mission belongs to top-billed Vic Morrow as Hammer, here in his second to last film before his fatal accident on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie, but not actually appearing that often. We know he is meant to be tracking down Ann, and it becomes clear that he is the only one with a gun in the whole district. Not only that, but he is not afraid to use it, in fact he's very keen, blowing away various bystanders on his travels with very little rhyme or reason. Meanwhile, Ann falls in with the leader of a group of bikers who save her from a gang called The Zombies.

And obviously The Zombies dress as... er, well, not zombies but rollerskaters with white bowler hats. You might have guessed. As for the bikers, they are led by the not at all camp, oh no, Trash (Mark Gregory) who looks very butch in his headband and chest-exposing leather waistcoat: he and Ann also share the same hairstyle. Anyway, this couple begin a romance as Trash finally finds the woman of his dreams and she exhibits brains too as she complains about the ethics of the arms business she has been born into. So what a pity she is kidnapped and her new boyfriend has to find her before Hammer does.

To confuse matters, the biggest gang leader around is played by Fred Williamson, better known as The Hammer, but he's not playing Hammer he's playing The Yoghurt - sorry, The Ogre. It seems kind of perverse to allow Morrow to adopt Fred's nickname, but there you go. It's also a pity we don't really get to see Fred and Vic in any scenes together, and they don't share the screen with Christopher Connelly either, so the bulk of the dramatics are on the shoulders of the less charismatic Trash. Couple that with a somewhat sluggish pace and you find yourself wishing for less earnest (and absurdly sweary) dialogue and more action. Luckily, Castellari delivers on the action front, but the odd lunacy aside (the tap-dancing, metal bowler hat brigade?!) we could have done with more, because the rest is listless at best. I thought 1990 was time for The Guru, though? Music by Walter Rizzati, which includes nose flute.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 9318 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: