Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA

VIOLENCE

BEAT-UP OVER BEAT-DOWN

Fark.com reported last week that a viral videotape of a New York subway beating was making the rounds on the Internet, and it harkened back to another era. It reminded people of the 1970s, when hoodlums roamed the streets vying for ascendancy in bitterly fought turf wars.

With that in mind, we give you the Top 5 all-time gang-on-gang movie rumbles. If you disagree with our assessment, that's OK, we'll take you on. No knives or guns, though. Just sticks and skin, pal, under the overpass, down by the docks.

1. 'ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY'

The Channel 4 News Team gets lost en route to the suit store and runs into Evening News team ("You wanna dance, Burgundy?"), the Spanish Language News ("Tonight's top story: The sewers run red with Burgundy's blood."), Public Access News ("No commercials. No mercy!), and third-placed Channel 2 News ("You're about to be in . . . dead place.").

2. 'THE OUTSIDERS'

The Greasers, led by Darry Curtis (Patrick Swayze), backed up by Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell), Sodapop Curtis (Rob Lowe), Two-Bit Matthews (Emilio Estevez), Steve Randle (Tom Cruise, before he had his teeth done), "Dally" Winston (Matt Dillon), and fighting on behalf of Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio), were never gonna lose to those khaki-wearin' Socs.

3. 'THE WARRIORS'

The truce was off, and The Warriors would need to get to Coney Island to survive. Framed by the leader of The Rogues, The Warriors had to do battle with 20,000 gang members from The Furies, The Boppers, The Hi-Hats, The Lizzies, The Turnbull AC's and The Gramercy Riffs. (At least we know they won the battle for the best named gang.)

4. 'WEST SIDE STORY'

Forget the whole Romeo and Juliet story line. The snappy jazz-tap gang violence made this movie. This reporter still finds himself occasionally singing When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way from you first cigarette to your last dying day. This reporter still wants to be able to dance like Riff. This reporter still cries when Bernardo gets stabbed. Enough said.

5. 'GANGS OF NEW YORK'

Before there were crips and bloods, blue and red belonged to New York. …

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