The film entitled The Wanderers is centered on the life and experiences of a number of young people in New York who were of Italian-American decent. These youths are all members of different gangs existing in New York at the time. The film focuses on the activities of the members of a notorious gang known as the Wanderers whose members were very determined. It covers fights between the Wanderers and other gangs, contentions between and among gang members over certain issues. The main areas that caused misunderstandings in the gang include problems arising as a result of racism, concerns about sex, peer pressure since they were all still growing up and in their teens, faithfulness to the gang, and rebellion against gang policies. These young delinquents face challenges of having to cooperate in the spirit of brotherhood such as being there for one another and defending other members while in trouble. Sometimes they get rebellious and out of control as is common with delinquents yet for the success of the team they have to keep working together and in harmony.
The two main characters in the film include Richie and Joey. Richie is the head of the gang known as the Wanderers. He is therefore faced with the challenge of striking a balance between his family and his duties as gang leader. Richie is married with children and works at his father in law's company.
Joey on the other hand is single but comes from a family where brutality is the norm. His father in particular is very bestial reason why he does not like him and is scared of him. Joey is interested in the arts and is very gifted with artistic skills.
The film was directed by Philip Kaufman and produced by Martin Ransohoff and Rose Kaufman. The idea about the film stemmed from inspiration obtained from a book written by Richard Price entitled The Wanderer. It was written by Philip Kaufman with assistance from his wife. Distribution of the film was done by Warner Brothers. The film is broadcast for 117minutes.