The Lords of Flatbush

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Two members (Perry King, Sylvester Stallone) of a social club in 1950s Brooklyn have more interest in romance than in rumbles.

Cast & Crew

Perry King
David `'Chico'` Tyrell
Sylvester Stallone
Stanley Rosiello
Henry Winkler
Butchey Weinstein
Paul Mace
Wimpy Murgalo
Susan Blakely
Jane Bradshaw
Paul Jabara
Crazy Cohen
Dolph Sweet
Mr. Rosiello
Maria Smith
Frannie Malincanico
Martin Davidson
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Muffie Meyer
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Stan Siegel
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Joseph Mangine
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Edward Lachman
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Joseph Brooks
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Critic Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5)

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

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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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…

    Geoff Andrew

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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…
  • An early nostalgia tour of the 1950s, The Lords of Flatbush is a rough sketch of a bigger, better movie that is mostly remembered today for the careers it helped launch.

    September 7, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • All this made the movie both a hit and a very fondly remembered artifact of its era... And like American Graffiti before it, and Dazed & Confused after it, it had a cast of young actors of its era who would go on to distinguish themselves in the future.

    June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush

  • Feb 17, 2015
    When I first read about this film I was expecting a kind of gang causing trouble learning from mistakes film, But what we got was Grease without the songs and the cheese, There's no real plot it's just about four best friends and their love lives, Pretty well acted by all the cast but nothing memorable.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2011
    It's cool to see a young Sly. Soundtrack terrible. See any Barry Levinson film (although that's Baltimore) or just watch Grease instead.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2010
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2007
    Not bad tale of 1950s Brooklyn 'gang' of four cool, young rebels.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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