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The Lords of Flatbush (1974)

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This low-budget independent film by novice directors Stephen F. Verona and Martin Davidson is a slice-of-life elegy from the leather-jacket, bobby-soxer era of 1957, set in a Brooklyn high school. The film stands out for the appearance of up-and-coming actors (circa 1974) Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, and Perry King (even Armand Assante has a bit role). Stallone, Winkler, King, and Paul Mace are members of a local neighbor social club called "The Lords of Flatbush," and they spend their

Apr 25, 2000

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The movie is adept at portraying aimlessness, getting at the greasy anomie that was so much a part of that time. But there is a lack of ambition, as if no one involved in creating the film wanted to cut deeper than a little double-edged nostalgia.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Not too much finesse distinguishes the script, which carries neither warmth nor particular interest for the various characters.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A small masterpiece that places the mood and general ethos of the '50s with absolute precision and total affection.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Like first love, this study of the growing pains of the leather jacket-bobby soxer Brooklyn high school set of 1957 is, by turns, cheerful, confused, juvenile and never fully realized.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Harmless coming-of-age-teen gang pic.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The film is a character piece that wanders from place to place with no single impetus, although one gets the feeling that this technique is intentional.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Affectionately done and thankfully short, since it's episodic.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush

I have never heard of this film before, came across it whilst reading about Sly Stallone on IMDb and with a cast including Henry Winkler, Perry King (Han Solo auditioner for 1977 classic) and Amand Assante I knew I had to watch. In all honesty I didn't see much in the film that was entertaining or exciting, there is allot of dialog and emotion on show as a group of tough young guys in a Brooklyn gang live their lives over the course of afew weeks (I think).

Nothing much really happens accept for much smooching with girls in their parents houses and a marriage at the finale, if you think of the film classic 'Diner' then your on the right track but 'Diner' is much more interesting than this, only watch if your curious to see a very young Stallone and pre-Fonz Winkler (yes this role did lead to the Fonz obviously) which is an intriguing lure.
November 9, 2011
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Not bad tale of 1950s Brooklyn 'gang' of four cool, young rebels.
March 4, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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Hey guys, your misogyny is showing.
December 27, 2006
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Steve B.

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It's cool to see a young Sly. Soundtrack terrible. See any Barry Levinson film (although that's Baltimore) or just watch Grease instead.
June 10, 2011
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