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The Warriors movie poster

The Warriors movie poster

The Warriors movie poster

Director Walter Hill created a stir with his ode to 70s era gang warfare with the 1979 cult classic film The Warriors. The film follows the adventures of a New York City gang known as the “Warriors”, wrongly accused of a gang leader’s death, fighting their way back to their home turf of Coney Island. The film has had a surprisingly wide reach for what some consider a cheesy 70s flick. This includes the new Warriors videogame from Rockstar Games, not to mention the proposed remake.

Created by artist David Jarvis, The Warriors movie poster features a memorable illustration of key members of the various NYC gangs, including star Michael Beck, leader of the “Warriors”. A member of the everyone’s favorite gang, the “Baseball Furies”, is also depicted. Another nice touch is the haphazard graffiti spray paint style of the film’s title treatment.

The film is often mentioned with the piece of trivia that it incited gang riots in large city movie theatres when it was released. While that claim may have been true to an extent, I seriously doubt the film’s one-sheet played any role in the mayhem:

After several violent incidents that occurred at various showings of the film, the producers decided to change to poster as a way of cutting down on the violence. The original poster featured the logo as well as a picture of several tough looking gang members. The second poster just featured the logo against a white background.

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  1. adminJuly 21, 2005 at 1:16 PMReply

    I’m still trying to figure out who illustrated The Warriors movie poster. The key art shows a signature that looks like the name “Jarvis”, but it’s hard to tell. I haven’t been able to find out who did this poster.

    Any information about this illustrator would be appreciated.

  2. scarabinJuly 22, 2005 at 11:38 AMReply

    this logo looks remarkably similar to the logo for the concept band ‘gorillaz’. check it out- gorillaz logo

  3. scarabinJuly 22, 2005 at 11:39 AMReply

    … and by that i mean it was obviously ‘inspired by’ the warriors mark, not vice-versa…

  4. CAMOMay 2, 2015 at 12:19 PMReply

    This is a very strange case indeed, I just searched for the artist myself after playing the soundtrack and did find something???? There is ”no other” information on this artist on Google though???I guess he goes into history with the girl who painted the Van Halen 1984 smoking cherub cover??? Though there’s at least some follow up information on her?

  5. posterwireMay 2, 2015 at 12:44 PMReplyAuthor

    If you’re looking for more info on David Jarvis, you could try contacting him directly:

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