I LOVE THIS MOVIE SOOOO MUCH, LEGIT PLOT, SHARP ACTING, WELL CAST AND, OF COURSE . . . . 'PERIOD CORRECT' . . . . . FROM MUSIC TO CARS, CLOTHES TO HAIR, HISTORICAL REFERENCES, [JFK's ASSASSINATION] "THE WANDERERS" WAS THE REAL DEAL FOSHIZZLE !!!!
Of real significance of late is that it has now been released as a 'Director's Cut' edition . . . . I'm not generally a fan of this old marketing rort, it's usually a case of "leave the film alone" . . . . in fact, by and large, they've all been fuckin ordinary and a waste of time, both in money spent doin it and time spent in a cinema watching it . . . . whether it's "Blade Runner", "Apocolypse Now", whatever . . . . I've only ever come away yawning and figuring they got it right the first time, less being almost always more . . . . then there is "The Wanderers". . . .
In this case, the additional scenes actually 'add' substantially to plot development and continuity of the film, they build mood and tension and at the same time, take nothing away from the much loved first edition, now over thirty years old . . . . of particular interest are the scenes revolving around the 'Duckie Boys" and the ultimate demise of 'Turkey', the try hard, insecure loudmouth . . . . also having more light shone upon it, is the relationship between Joey, his fuckwit dad, Perry and his alcoholic mum. It really delivers a much more cogent ending to what was always a fucking excellent bit of cinema.
Films are like bikes, cars, books, paintings, planes, underpants or what the fuck ever . . . . the truly cool ones, those that go on to retain the qualities they first possessed years after their initial release are invariably the great ones, and "The Wanderers" fits that bill like a thumb in a bum, revisit it as soon as you can, you won't regret it for a minute . . . .