The Lords of Flatbush
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"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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