The Lords of Flatbush
The Lords of Flatbush (1974)

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.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1974
DVD 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

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: 42% 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
Jamie Clarke
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… More
Dean McKenna
Not bad tale of 1950s Brooklyn 'gang' of four cool, young rebels.
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.
Steve B.
Hey guys, your misogyny is showing.

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