I stumbled onto Rubble Kings a few days ago. Looking it up on IMDb the description was:
“Through archival footage Nicholson tells the story of the real Warriors that walked the streets of New York City in the 1970s and the harsh reality of gang life in a city that seemed to be falling apart.”
Since I am a big fan of The Warriors I decided to watch it.
I have to say, that Rubble Kings is a fascinating documentary about gang life in New York in the 70s and beginning of the 80s. It is mainly about the South Bronx which seemed to be a dangerous place during that time. I was always fascinated by the 70s mainly because of The Warriors and the Luke Cage Hero For Hire comic. The documentary shows old pictures and some old video footage of gangs and gang members. Who recorded it I don’t know, but it gave an interesting glimpse into life during that time. One thing was not exactly clear to me, though. Every gang had its colors and clothes and it resembled some of the clothing in The Warriors a lot. Did Sol Yurrick, the writer of The Warriors novel, get the idea from the gangs or did the gangs get the idea from The Warriors movie? One thing is for sure: Lots of fights, kills, beat downs, etc. happened during that time and one can only wonder why they did it. Another interesting thing was that gangs were invited to be on talk shows. That is something I found really peculiar.
Furthermore, I never before heard of gangs like the Ghetto Brothers, the Savage Skulls, the Deadly Bachelors, the Javelins, etc. One would almost think it was all made up, but it wasn’t.
So what else is there to say? Well, if you like The Warriors, Rubble Kings might be an interesting documentary for you. If you like the New York of the 70s and 80s this might be a documentary for you as well.
Here is the trailer.