The Lords of Flatbush
The Lords of Flatbush (1974)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Affectionately done and thankfully short, since it's episodic.

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Variety Staff

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Harmless coming-of-age-teen gang pic.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
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… More
Sean Gillespie
It's cool to see a young Sly. Soundtrack terrible. See any Barry Levinson film (although that's Baltimore) or just watch Grease instead.
Dean McKenna
Not bad tale of 1950s Brooklyn 'gang' of four cool, young rebels.
Steve B.
Hey guys, your misogyny is showing.

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