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On Aug. 24 the "Movies With a View" outdoor film series in DUMBO concludes with a screening of Walter Hill’s cult classic, "The Warriors." The 1979 flick, shot on location throughout New York City, features a Coney Island gang, falsely accused of a killing, that must flee from the Bronx to its home turf while being pursued by vengeance-seeking thugs.

The film stars Michael Beck as a Warrior and Deborah Van Valkenburgh, as Mercy of the Orphans gang (pictured).

The film is as controversial today as it was on its opening weekend. This summer, Roger Hill, who plays the slain gang warlord Cyrus, filed suit against the makers of the wildly successful videogame inspired by the film, demanding cash and a court order barring use of his likeness.

At the time of its release, "The Warriors" was accused of inciting violence, and a manager of an Ohio theater complained to Boxoffice magazine that they film was attracting "unusual" patrons, including "motorcycle gangs."

"The Warriors" screening begins at sundown at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park (Water and New Dock streets in DUMBO). Admission is free. For more information, including rain dates, call the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at (718) 802-0603.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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