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
Jan 1, 1974 Wide
Apr 25, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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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.
Not too much finesse distinguishes the script, which carries neither warmth nor particular interest for the various characters.
A small masterpiece that places the mood and general ethos of the '50s with absolute precision and total affection.
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.
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.
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