Kino Lorber announces the release of a new 2K restoration of Philip Kaufman’s 1979 cult favorite The Wanderers, in limited theatrical engagements beginning in November 2016, with screenings in key national markets including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, and more.
Based on the acclaimed first novel by Richard Price (The Night Of), Philip Kaufman’s The Wanderers follows the exploits of the titular Italian-American gang in the Bronx in 1963, just before the country underwent profound change. Part comedy and part drama, the film is an evocative and thrilling look back at a more innocent time.
The cult classic features a jukebox full of golden oldies and a young cast of up and comers including Ken Wahl (Wiseguy), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), and Linda Manz (Days of Heaven), and co-stars John Friedrich, Toni Kalem, Alan Rosenberg, Jim Youngs, Tony Ganios, Dolph Sweet, Michael Wright, Val Avery, Olympia Dukakis and Erland van Lidth de Jeude.
The Wanderers was adapted and directed by Philip Kaufman, filmmaker and Oscar®-nominated screenwriter whose career spans 13 films and more than 50 years, and whose credits include such hit films as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Henry and June.
The idea to make a film from Price’s novel began when the book was brought to Kaufman’s attention by his son. Kaufman was struck by the book’s colorful characters and sense of time and place in depicting early ’60s New York, and, with his wife Rose, immediately began turning it into a screenplay. “It was a dream of a time that was no more, a remembrance of a teenage urban yore, an idyll filled with angst, haunted by music seared into the brain. And it was written with a fast-beating heart and oozing glandular secretions; it was painful, scary, tragic, and funny as hell,” recalled Kaufman.
Despite resistance from the studios in getting the film produced, Kaufman persevered, re-writing the script and striving to capture the larger-than-life characters and vivid sense of period detail that Price had conveyed so well in his book. Kaufman successfully created a film of striking visual style and period texture, which was achieved with a talented production team including cinematographer Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), costume designer Robert De Mora, and production designer John Jay Moore.
Although not initially a success at the box office, over the years The Wanderers has gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim and enduring status as a cult classic, including a fan club that meets each year the Telluride Film Festival, wearing replica Wanderers jackets, singing along with the film’s classic Oldies soundtrack and reciting all of the dialogue.
Kino Lorber is proud to bring The Wanderers back to theaters in this new 2K restoration for a new generation of audiences, and looking better than ever before for long-time fans. Kaufman said, “And now finally, after almost four decades of wandering, a really heroic gang showed up. They are called the Kino Lorbers. And they decided enough’s enough: Leave the kids alone! Wanderers forever!”