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Before Rocky was a knock-out, before “the Fonz” was TV’s “Leader of the Pack”, two unknown actors named Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Henry Winkler (TV’s “Happy Days”) starred in their first major screen roles. Soon they’d rule the box office and the airwaves, but before they were kings, they were THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH! Clad in blue jeans, black leather jackets and bad attitudes, Stanley (Stallone), Butchey (Winkler), Chico (Perry King, TV’s “Riptide”) and Wimpy (Paul Mace, Paradise Alley) are a 1950s Brooklyn gang of four cool, sexy rebels. Despite their tough appearance, these boys just want to have fun, but reality - a.k.a. adulthood - rears its ugly head when Stanley’s steady informs him they have to get married, and blue-collar Chico falls for a beautiful blonde (Susan Blakely, Over the Top) from the right side of the tracks. A high-octane cruise down memory lane, THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH is “immensely appealing, often hilarious, surprisingly touching and superbly acted” (The Hollyw

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When The Lords of Flatbush was released in 1974, Sylvester Stallone was still an unknown actor polishing his screenplay for Rocky, and Henry Winkler was approaching TV superstardom as "Fonzie" in the first season of Happy Days. In this modest, low-budget feature, they play second and third fiddle (respectively) to Perry King, whose respectable career, ironically, would never reach such stratospheric heights. As for their costar and diminutive fourth "Lord of Flatbush," Paul Mace appeared in only one more movie after this (Stallone's Paradise Alley), and was killed in a 1983 traffic accident at the age of 33. Such is the random nature of fame and fate.

The movie itself is noteworthy mostly for the pre-stardom appearances of Stallone and Winkler, and a strong costarring role for that most ubiquitous of '70s actresses, Susan Blakely. Despite its amateurish style, muddy sound quality, and rambling scenes that have casual appeal but minimal narrative momentum, the movie is blessed with laid-back authenticity, recognizing the value of awkward pauses and jumpy rhythms of conversation. The ensemble of self-named Lords--four leather-clad rebels in 1957 Brooklyn, moving reluctantly toward adulthood--is solidly cast, and even the most familiar scenes (like making out at a drive-in showing From Here to Eternity) ring with engaging truth. Codirector Martin Davidson later covered similar territory in Eddie and the Cruisers, and Barry Levinson transcended this shoestring affair with his 1980 classic Diner, but The Lords of Flatbush stands on its own as an earnest and lightly entertaining drama that boosted its costars to bigger and better things. --Jeff Shannon


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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Perry King, Paul Mace, Susan Blakely
  • Directors: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone, Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona, Gayle Gleckler
  • Producers: Stephen Verona, Richard Millman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainmen
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RE45
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lords of Flatbush" on IMDb

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B.C. Scribe on August 22, 2004
Format: DVD
"The Lord's Of Flatbush" was made on a budget of less than $100,000 prior to any of its stars becoming household names. Derivative of other similar and better movies it has still managed to garner a strong cult following in the years since its release. Technically crude, the film has a grainy quality and some scenes are very badly lit; most of the movie seems fuzzy and unfocused. Speech suffers the worst as it is very soft and distant in different spots throughout the film. That's too bad because the filmmakers display a good use of color and the period detail and flavor are among the best of its kind. But that's not what keeps this movie from achieving all it could have - the main culprit here is the story, what little there is.

Circa 1957, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York where four high school seniors are the self-styled members of a group calling themselves The Lord's Of Flatbush. Stanley, their self-proclaimed leader, Butchey, Chico and Wimpy hassle girls on their way into school, disrupt classrooms, steal cars, stay out all night...in general they behave recklessly and typically disrespectful. Stanley gets a wakeup call when his girlfriend announces to him she's pregnant. He tries to avoid 'doing the right thing', preferring to continue to display the image he's long played out. Chico spends all his time trying to have his way with the new blond girl in class, Jane. She's too smart and well-bred for him to con though and this irritates and eats away at him. Butchey gets called a schmuck by Eddie the proprietor of the Lord's local hangout - not because he's a fool Eddie says but because he's got brains and he could be something if he wanted to be. Wimpy continues to feel the need to prove himself 'a man' because he's so much shorter than everyone around him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TS on November 6, 2006
Format: DVD
I grew up in Philadelphia and I remember guys like this Brooklyn quartet.

This is a hard-to-find film, but well worth it. I remember first seeing "The Lords Of Flatbush" at the theatre and when it came out on DVD, I was glad to eventually get my own copy. This is a "historical" film since it was the starting point for most, if not all, of the main characters. The actors' dress, hair styles, language, cigarette smoking, toothpick chewing, girlfriends and situations are "timely"... and the cars are wonderful. I flashed back! "Cool, Cats....Cool"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sotelo Sr. on November 23, 2008
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Great movie, takes me back to a time when you could lube your car's engine by rubbing your greasy head up against it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pork Chop on June 22, 2012
Format: DVD
The Lord's of Flatbush (1974) most likely will have been an
easy target of critics for its modest aims, which was to
portray adolescents (below 21 years of age) in America, and
for recreating how the world was seen by 3 high school
pals, also comprising a sports clique (not a real gang, in
today's terminology.) Conversely, it is precisely because
of its modest aims, that this movie is relaxing, amusing
and entertaining.

The fact that Sylvester Stallone (shown very early in his
career, almost 10 years before Rambo, and a few before
Rocky) has a major part also adds to the watchability from
strong personality and presence.

Almost 30 years later, Perry King's acting is reminiscent
at times, of Woody Harrelson's. Finally, Henry Winkler has
a supporting role, perhaps the originator of his 1970's TV
series character as a motorcycle fan and "wise guy" as they
say, not a menacing character in any way.

The filming, the story and emotional depth does not show
its age...relationships, friendship, romance, youth,
irrationality, acheiving an understanding of the world, the
complexity of life and of oneself are timeless topics.

Bravo...for this movie - that doesn't take itself too
seriously, yet has meaning from beginning to end.
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So glad to have this little gem of a movie on DVD in Anamorphic Widescreen format,the picture is a bit soft and the sound could be better,but this is a very low budget film about life in the 50's(simialr to American Graffiti),so it looks fine enough for me,some better extras would have been nice(all that's included are a very rough looking original theatrical traier and some bios for a few of the stars,and 2 so called bonus trailers for the films Bugsy and La Bamba(,but overall a fine DVD,much better than VHS!!! See Sylvester Stallone before is Rocky role(actully if watch the film,he's starting to bulk up and you even will see him using a hand grip in one scene,hmm getting prepared to go the distance,he would make to classic Death Race 2000 next,next is a pre Fonzie Henry Winkler,also in "Lords" gang are Perry King and Paul Mace,other fimilair faces are also present including Susan Blakely,Paul Jabara,Dolph Sweet,Ray Sharky and Armand Assante spelled in the closing credits as Assanti. A great little cult claasic full of stellar preformances!!! Two thumbs up!!! A+
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh P. on April 12, 2004
Format: DVD
I have recently seen "The Lords of Flatbush" on an older VHS copy which started out in widescreen until the opening credits were done. I wish I would have seen this widescreen DVD here. It probably looks spanking good. Stanley (Sylvester Stallone) is at a crossroads with his steady girl who feels they should get married. Bike-riding Chico is at odds with the new girl in town, Jane. Henry "The Fonz" Winkler makes his pre-"Happy Days" appearance in this film. He is the man! His voice sounds kind of funny at times. In one shot it looked like his dialogue wasn't matching his mouth movement. Was his voice dubbed? The soundtrack consists of songs written for the film that sound like typical '50s songs.
If you like films of this genre like I do, go for it, dude!
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