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The Lord's of Flatbush (1974)

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A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

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David 'Chico' Tyrell
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Butchey Weinstein
Paul Mace ...
Wimpy Murgalo
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Jane Bradshaw
Maria Smith ...
Frannie Malincanico
Renee Paris ...
Annie Yuckamanelli (as Reneé Paris)
Paul Jabara ...
Crazy Cohen
Bruce Reed ...
Mike Mambo
Frank Stiefel ...
Arnie Levine
Martin Davidson ...
Mr. Birnbaum
Joe Stern ...
Eddie
Ruth Klinger ...
Mrs. Tyrell
Joan Neuman ...
Miss Molina
Dolph Sweet ...
Mr. Rosiello
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A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems. Written by Volker Boehm

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It was 1958 when making love meant "making out". See more »

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20 May 1975 (Sweden)  »

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The Lords of Flatbush  »

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Richard Gere was originally cast as Chico. According to Sylvester Stallone, he and Gere fought constantly including physically and he demanded Gere to be fired. See more »

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The size & positioning of the writing on the chalkboard in the beginning of the movie changes between shots. See more »

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Stanley Rosiello: [shopping for an engagement ring] You want a ring? I got a ring for ya. In my bathtub.
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Features From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »

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Can You Believe You're In Love
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Decent Movie
24 June 2005 | by (Farmington Hills, MI) – See all my reviews

A good, decent film about leaving adolescence behind, and the threshold to adulthood.

Sylvester Stallone is very good as Stanley, the pug of the gang, who is facing fatherhood and marriage, and tries to amiably go along. He's not too bright, but he understands there is much more out there. His scene on the roof with Perry King is his way of trying to communicate that the world they have been living in is coming to an end, but, through their dreams and imagination, they can go places and experience other things. Things are changing for him, and he instinctively realizes there is much more to the world than their little corner of Brooklyn.

Perry King's Chico, on the other hand, is brighter than he lets on, and he understands all too well what is out there and is waiting for them. The trouble is, in the adult world, he will never again have the freedom and power that he has running the streets with the Lords. Growing up is not something he looks forward to. He resents what he sees as the end of the road. He wouldn't mind living out the rest of his life with the Lords, prowling the streets, knocking up girls, fighting with the clean cut kids. In this world, he is powerful and respected, but he senses it coming to an end. His argument on the roof with Stanley is his rejection of dreaming or imagining something, or somewhere, else. His unfortunate episode with Susan Blakely is his inability to relate to her as another human being. To him, she is still just a chick to be laid, not someone he may have to relate to. Everyone around him is growing up and passing him by, and Chico resents it. He basically wants things to stay just as they are.

The final rumble at the football field is an example of the Lords in their element, when they are at their happiest. The aftermath of the fight (the accident) is a further reminder that this life is at an end, and adulthood awaits, whether they are ready for it or not.

A decent, entertaining movie. Quite an interesting character study, well-acted, especially by King and Stallone.


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