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
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Critic Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush
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.
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.
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