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The Lords of Flatbush (1974)




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The Lords of Flatbush was an independently produced film which stunned Hollywood by becoming a word-of-mouth hit. It also established the careers of many of its stars, including Sylvester Stalone, Henry Winkler, and Susan Blakely. The reason for its success is not hard to see, as it lovingly and accurately recreates teen life in '50s Brooklyn. In the story, Chico Tyrell (Perry King) and Stanley Rosiello (Sylvester Stallone) are top dogs in their social club, "The Lords of Flatbush." Stanley has gotten his girlfriend (Maria Smith) pregnant, and decides to marry her. Chico, on the other hand, gets a royal brush-off from his girlfriend Jane (Susan Blakely).more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Stephen Verona, Martin Davidson, Sylvester Stallone, Gayle Gleckler, Stephen F. Verona
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Perry King
as Chico Tyrell
Henry Winkler
as Butchey Weinstein
Sylvester Stallone
as Stanley Rosiello
Paul Mace
as Wimpy Murgalo
Susan Blakely
as Jane Bradshaw
Maria Smith
as Frannie Malincanico
Renee Paris
as Annie Yuckamanelli
Paul Jabara
as Crazy Cohen
Joe Stern
as Eddie
Ruth Klinger
as Mrs. Tyrell
Joan Newman
as Miss Molina
Dolph Sweet
as Rosiello
Lou Byrne
as Mrs. Bradshaw
Caren Kaye
as Wedding Guest
Lillian Davidson
as Mah Jong Player
Ann Lefkowitz
as Mah Jong Player
Florence Schissler
as Mah Jong Player
Mildred Deutsch
as Mah Jong Player
Ray Sharkey
as Student
Darryl Peck
as Student
Karen Kaye
as Student
Dana Foley
as Student
Armand Assante
as Wedding Guest
Antonia Rey
as Wedding Guest
Rose Rothman
as Wedding Guest
George Goomishian
as Wedding Guest
Arlene Gelb
as Wedding Guest
Jamie Gelb
as Wedding Guest
Stacy Gelb
as Wedding Guest
Peter Mints
as Wedding Guest
Tom Bauer
as Wedding Guest
David Stein
as Wedding Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Not too much finesse distinguishes the script, which carries neither warmth nor particular interest for the various characters.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A small masterpiece that places the mood and general ethos of the '50s with absolute precision and total affection.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Harmless coming-of-age-teen gang pic.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2010
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Not bad tale of 1950s Brooklyn 'gang' of four cool, young rebels.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Hey guys, your misogyny is showing.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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