Why don’t they just catch a cab?: “The Warriors” and the world’s most unforgiving plot hole.


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This is bound to be a bit of a controversial post, because in it I’m going to take on a cultural artifact that inspires a strangely vehement mythos: the 1979 Walter Hill film The Warriors, which is something of a holy relic among fans of underground cult films. But first things first, while I dislike the film, this article isn’t really a review of it or the story behind it. Instead, I want to use the case of The Warriors to illustrate a key issue in the craft of storytelling: what can happen when a writer (or director) ignores a very serious plot hole. This article is primarily about storytelling.

The Warriors is a movie ostensibly about gang warfare, but it’s presented, at least in spirit, in the manner of Greek mythology. Basically the plot is this. In a slightly dystopian New York City, era roughly modern but somewhat…

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