Throughout the film, the audience is guided through a gallery of figures in a gang controlled New York. At the beginning, all of the gangs are displayed in a meeting. This creates a full picture of the city's gangs, some of which will be seen more specifically later on in the film. I must admit that while I enjoyed the gang of mimes, the baseball players with face-paint stood out as the coolest gang. If I were cast in the movie, that would be my gang for sure. These different gangs create a diversity for the film, which is unique to a film from 1979.
Alongside the race diversity, Hill adds quite a few female characters. But, these are not the average objectified female characters of many other films. Rather, these actresses are given a lot of the power, often times antagonizing the Warriors when they cross paths. Even today, many actresses are offered roles that objectify women, but in The Warriors the actresses become the real fighting forces of the film.
The Bottom Line: This film breaks barriers of its time as diverse gangs of New York make for a quick-paced action thriller that most audiences can enjoy.