1990: I guerrieri del Bronx (1982)

Italy, 1992
84m, 86m, 89m, 92m
35mm film, anamorphic, colour, 2.35:1
Italian, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An Italian science fiction film directed by Enzo G. Castellari.

Plot Summary

The near future: the daughter of a wealthy property developer wanders into a Bronx populated almost exclusively by vicious . Tough cop Hammer is sent in to get her out and finds her being protected by ganglord Trash.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari
© [not given on screen]
A film produced by Fabrizio de Angelis
Screenplay: Dardano Sacchetti, Elisa Livia Briganti, Enzo G. Castellari
Story: Dardano Sacchetti
Director of Photography: Sergio Salvati [uncredited]
Film Editor: Gianfranco Amicucci
Music Composed and Directed by: Walter Rizzati
Sound: Gaetano Testa
Costumes: Massimo Lentini
Make-up: Mauriazio Trani, Antonio Maltempo
Hairdresser: Armenio Marroni
Special Effects: Antonio Corridori, Walter Battistelli, Pasquino Benassati, Pasquale Sarao
Production Design: Massimo Lentini

Cast
Vic Morrow (Hammer)
Christopher Connelly (Hot Dog)
Fred Williamson (The Ogre)
Mark Gregory (Trash)
Stefania Girolami (Anne)
Enio Girolami (Samuel Fischer)
George Eastman (Golem)
John Sinclair A pseudonym for Gianni Lofreddo. (Ice)
Betty Dessy (Witch)
Rocco Lerro (Leach)
Massimo Vanni (Blade)
Angelo Ragusa
Enzo Girolami (Fred)
Carla Brait [leader of dancers – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

1990: The Bronx Warrior – alternative title
1990: The Bronx Warriors – USA
The Bronx Warrior – alternative title
Bronx Warriors – UK
I guerrieri del Bronx
The Riffs – Die Gewalt sind wir
– Germany

Sequel
Fuga dal Bronx (1983)

Press

1983
Variety 27 April 1983 p.32
An exceedingly silly Italian action picture, masquerading as part of the futuristic sci-fi genre of The Road Warrior and Escape from New York. It is likely to be laughed off the screen at all but the most marginal grindhouses […] The film sadly lacks atmosphere, with its filmed on Bronx locations exteriors (interiors lensed in Rome) looking peaceful and ordinary. Action scenes are dull, with director Enzo G. Castellari emphasizing rituals and posed set-pieces at the expense of dynamic thrills. – from a review by Lor

City Limits no.87 (3 June 1983) p.24
Obviously, this is the cut-price rip-off version of Escape from New York and The Warriors, but as shameless rubbish goes, it's not at all bad. The ultra-violent action scenes are silly and exciting […] If you leave your heads at home, you'll probably enjoy this. – from a review by Kim Newman

The Hollywood Reporter vol.277 no.36 (12 July 1983) p.25
The story and plot structure [are] astonishingly inept […] The acting […] is consistent with the quality of the production. The lead character's name is Trash, fitting in this film. – from a review by Duane Byrge

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.594 (July 1983) pp.191-192
Castellari nimbly steals back all the stylistic elements that [John] Carpenter and [Walter] Hill poached from [Sergio] Leone's Westerns in the first place. Baroque invention goes over the top in a biker's Viking funeral, with endless close-ups of tearful Hell's Angels extras, and the fetishistic display of bludgeoning, gouging, slashing, strangling and mutilating weapons. – from a review by Kim Newman

Starburst no.56 (1983) p.10
Even though Lucio Fulci's favoured scriptwriter Dardano Sacchetti has had the brazen cheek to take credit for the story of 1990 – The Bronx Warriors, it just doesn't jell under Enzo G. Castellari's messy and pedantic direction. More to the point though, when the film lurches to soft-focus romance in all out stops [sic] effort to make the obnoxious characters more sympathetic, any prior credibility that that tentatively existed collapses beyond any hope of last minute rescue. – from an illustrated review by Alan Jones

References

Periodicals

  • City Limits no.87 (3 June 1983) p.24 – review (by Kim Newman)
  • Diabolik no.1 p.36 – illustrated review, credits
  • Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.8 no.4/5 (April/May ) p.50 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.277 no.36 (12 July 1983) p.25 – credits, review (by Duane Byrge)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.594 (July 1983) pp.191-192 – credits, synopsis, review (by Kim Newman)
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.11 (November 1993) p.61 – note
  • Starburst no.56 (1983) p.10 – illustrated review (by Alan Jones)
  • Variety 27 April 1983 p.32 – credits, review (by Lor)

Books

  • 80s Action Movies on the Cheap by Daniel R. Budnik pp.30-32 – illustrated credits, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.376 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.12 – credits, review
  • Invasion of the Sad, Man Eating Mushrooms p.111 – illustrated review (by Jason J. Slater)