The Lords of Flatbush
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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 time exercising their hormones, hot-wiring a car, playing pool, and quaffing egg creams at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Affectionately done and thankfully short, since it's episodic."
‑ , Film4
"Not too much finesse distinguishes the script, which carries neither warmth nor particular interest for the various characters."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Harmless coming-of-age-teen gang pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A small masterpiece that places the mood and general ethos of the '50s with absolute precision and total affection."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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