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The Lords of Flatbush

3.9 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Armand Assante, Perry King, Henry Winkler, Susan Blakely, Sylvester Stallone
  • Directors: Martin Davidson
  • Producers: Stephen Verona
  • 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: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RE45
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,119 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lords of Flatbush" on IMDb

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"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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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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Ok movie for its time. Sly Stallone is in rare form. If you are from NYC, particularly Brooklyn (pre 1980s) you'd probably love this film. For the rest of us it was ok, but his act wore thin by the end.
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This movie is just the best!!! Its such a great image of the guys that did hang on the corners of Brooklyn, the whole high school scene, the stupid things they did, and in general the closing scene with Stanley marrying his girl in a big Italian wedding. Its just beautiful. Such a shame that days like that are gone and now we have nothing but kids who have no common sense, doing murderous things on the street and killing themselves with drugs. Oh for those more innocent times. Just sit back, watch and enjoy. You will love Henry Winkler and Stallone before they got really famous. They actually looked like they were having fun making this film. It's great! give it a watch!!
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The standard of moviemaking in the 70's must have been really low since this film was so popular. I'm seeing it for the first time after ALL these years, and I thought it blew. But, I was happy I could buy it just so I could watch it easily and be able to discuss the film with my manager. Props to the seller--it was in great condition.
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MY DECEASED AUNT AND DECEASED UNCLE WERE TEENS IN THE 50'S..THEY STATED THEY WERE DISSAPOINTED WHEN THIS MOVIE CAME OUT IN THE 1970'S..'74 TO BE EXACT!!-- FUN NOSTALGIA..BUT THE WRITING PLOT LINE WAS AWFUL..THE MUSIC WAS NOT THE BEST EITHER!! IT WAS THE STARS THAT ALMOST MADE IT WORK--ALONG WITH THE VINTAGE CARS..CLOTHING AND SCENES FILMED IN EAST FLATBUSH!!
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I grew up back in the 60's. And the 50's always facinated me. (Mainly due to the music which is much better than today.) But thats only one persons thoughts about it. (which is my own) To me music is a reflextion of the life we live. Too bad things couldn't stay the same like the 60's. But everything changes with the times we live in. Now today the kids are into that rap music. I dont know, music is a big influnce on people. And im not saying all rap is bad. But I do believe alot of the rap music rubs off on our kids in the wrong way. I really hope in the next generations something better comes along. Music can also help put alot more love in this life. I just hope we ant too far gone for that. But this is only one persons oppinion. And I hope it gets better.
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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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