1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Remember, we in the Bronx…Live with death.
It’s the future – 1990! Let’s face it, only a small stretch of imagination was required for this one in 1982, when NYC was bankrupt, and the Bronx was burning and half destroyed. The borough was a ready-made set for a Mad Max-style anarcho-brutalist dystopian film, with The Riders a dominant gang led by a dead ringer for a metal band singer. The Riders are constantly challenged by cops, clowns, and roller skating hockey players who kill. The film hired a few Hells Angels as riders, and the bikes include a fab selection of late ’70s machines…but the sorriest examples. It’s a scream! – The Vintagent
In the year 1990, the Bronx is officially declared No Man’s Land. The authorities give up all attempts to restore law and order. From then on, the area is ruled by the Riders
1990: The Bronx Warriors (Italian: 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx) is a 1982 Italian action-science fiction film directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
Ann is the 17-year-old heiress to the arms manufacturing giant, The Manhattan Corporation. Unable to face her guilt over inheriting a morally questionable company when she turns 18, Ann runs away into the lawless wasteland of New York’s the Bronx.
His wavelength was the same as the Manhattan police.
Attacked by a roller skating gang called The Zombies, Ann is saved by members of The Riders, and taken under the protection of The Riders’ leader, Trash. The Manhattan Corporation hires a ruthless and psychopathic mercenary named Hammer, who turns the various Bronx gangs against each other to ensure Ann is returned.
You got your grey matter in your butt.
The idea for the film was first envisioned by producer Fabrizio De Angelis when he missed a subway stop for his Manhattan hotel and ended up in dangerous neighborhood in the Bronx. De Angelis stated he imagined the idea of a futuristic city where young hoods would fight for their home.
I feel safe with you, Trash.
1990: The Bronx Warriors was one of the three science fiction films Enzo G Castellari made with producer Fabrizio De Angelis. These films take influence from Mad Max 2 (1981), The Warriors (1979), and Escape From New York (1981). Castellari changed some of De Angelis’ plot ideas while filming, including incorporating more weird gangs such as the roller skating gang. When discussing 1990: The Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians and Escape from the Bronx, Castellari stated the three films were written prepared and filmed in six months.
Italian regulations required that 50% of a film had to be shot in Italy. To solve this situation, the film was shot on location in the Bronx with interiors shot in Rome.
This week’s cocktails are brought to you by Rich, a long time Cine Meccanica devotee who’s been mixing up libations on IG since quarantine began in NYC. Check out more recipes on Instagram at @richgone
The Bronx Cocktail is essentially a Perfect Martini with orange juice added. It was ranked number three in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934” behind the Martini and the Manhattan. In the movie “The Thin Man” 1934, the lead actor (William Powell) compared the methods for shaking the Manhattan, Bronx, And Martini.
The Zombie is a cocktail made of fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums. It first appeared in late 1934, invented by Donn Beach at his Hollywood Don the Beachcomber restaurant. It was popularized on the East coast soon afterwards at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Inspired by the roller skating gang in the film, The Zombies. Light the overproof rum float on fire for a “Bronx Is Burning” version.