The Lords of Flatbush (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lords of Flatbush (1974)




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Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler star as members of a 1950s street gang who must face the onset of maturity and responsibility in this coming-of-age serio-comedy.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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
Bruce Reed
as Mike
Martin Davidson
as Birnbaum
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
Bill Van Sleet
as Bradshaw
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
Phyllis Gibbs
as Student
Helen Calahan
as Student
Dana Foley
as Student
Barbara Foley
as Student
Thomas Clarke
as Student
Bonnie Sylvano
as Student
Linda Troiano
as Student
Mark Flanagan
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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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

Audience Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush

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 Clarke
Jamie Clarke

Super Reviewer

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
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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