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The Lords of Flatbush (1974)

Sylvester Stallone , Henry Winkler , Martin Davidson , Stephen Verona  |  PG |  DVD
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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 (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RE45
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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

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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
"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 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
4.0 out of 5 stars "Bulldog" COLUMBUS November 6, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of Flatbush 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
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.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Film composed of sub-plots October 16, 2009
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First of all, Stallone and Winkler both give solid performances as street hoodlums on the verge of manhood. Perry King and Paul Mace are good as well, making this cast quite first-rate.

This film is entertaining as long as one doesn't expect anything that remotely resembles a plot. An amagamation of subplots serves to fill the void, and the film somehow works. It's exactly as billed in the trailer, sung as a doo-wop tune: "The Lords of Flatbush is a movie / About what life was like back in the fifties".

Well, that lyric says it all.

This film will not cure any ailments, but if you want to know what started the careers of Stallone and Winkler, look no further. It's entertaining, quite well acted, and insightful regarding the lives and outlooks of kids coming of age in the late 1950's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Its an older movie but has less content of 50'smusic I was looking for., a little slow
Published 22 days ago by Ethel Blodgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stallone never looked better
Published 29 days ago by Elizabeth A. Killackey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by richard pennamen
4.0 out of 5 stars filmed on location in beautiful Brooklyn before it became cool to live...
An independent film from way back when - 1973, filmed on location in beautiful Brooklyn before it became cool to live there.
Published 3 months ago by Eve Galewitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book just a few months ago, and ...
Read the book just a few months ago, and just had to have the movie. I grew up during those years, so the context was VERY familiar.
Published 4 months ago by William Brunkow
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Greaser flim!
Cool flick! I dig it because it was much like growing up in my old neighborhood. Great movie from a great era. I wish it was still this way! Buy it!
Published 5 months ago by MINT
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick
It's a good little movie, about kids in the 50's, I enjoyed it. Brings back memories of growing up then.
Published 7 months ago by Arva K. Roland
5.0 out of 5 stars just love this movie
quality Was great maybe feel like a kid watching this movie again recommend for everybody to watch thank you very much
Published 8 months ago by Derrick
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
audio is not very good crackley and distorted had to turn up load to hear and made background noise bad
Published 11 months ago by danny lilze
4.0 out of 5 stars Most people have never heard of this movie
If you have ever seen this movie it definitely help to redefine what the early 60s was like. Not the greatest but still a good movie to watch.
Published 14 months ago by Ron765
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