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The Lords of Flatbush (1974)

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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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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Stanley Had a Leather Jacket and Franny Had Acne. In 1958 They Found Each Other. See more »

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20 May 1975 (Sweden)  »

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$160,000 (estimated)
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When the film wrapped production, it took over a year to edit and score because the producers needed to secure additional financing. See more »

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The film takes place in 1957 Brooklyn, but the one-way street signs seen are ones that started being used in the late '60s. 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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Referenced in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »

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Gypsy Woman
Lead Vocal by Bill Dean
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The Lords of Flatbush (1974) **
26 May 2014 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

In 1958 Brooklyn, we follow the Lords (or grammatically incorrect "Lord's", according to their jackets and the main title), a group of leather-wearing, greased-haired, immature, high school tough guys. At the head of the gang is Stanley (Sylvester Stallone), an intimidating thug with a guarded heart of gold, who's in a dilemma when his rough-talking girl Frannie (Maria Smith) announces she's pregnant. Her best friend Annie (Renee Paris) is dating the handsome Chico (Perry King), but Chico only uses her for sex while really setting his eyes on the new girl in school (Susan Blakely). Butchey (Henry Winkler) is the most bright of the Lords, and could make something better of himself if he wanted. Wimpy (Paul Mace) is a short member of the group who hangs out with his friends for the security it gives him.

Most of what occurs on screen has no plot, and consists of vignettes with its cast members. Stallone fares best of all, and some good moments include him bullying a rival gang member in a pool hall, and especially the film's best scene near the end that takes place inside a jewelry store, when Frannie and Annie push Sly into buying a $1600 engagement ring against his will. Henry Winker's promising part was, unfortunately, under-written... but he's got one good scene occurring after hours alone in the local candy store hangout, where the shop owner tries to drill some sense into his head about how much more wisely he could be spending his time. Perry King's Chico is the main character, but he's such a jerk in the movie that he's hard for us to invest in.

Ultimately, the movie has a good deal of problems and is only average. At best, this is watchable to me every few years as being one of those nostalgic guilty pleasures that I first saw in the theater when I was around 11 (it even featured the now-defunct Sunrise Drive-In, which was not far from where I lived back then). It's a very cheap film that was shot on 16mm and blown up, which accounts for its rough looking quality, and also for some poor sound issues that make it difficult to discern occasional dialogue. It's got a 1970s rock n roll soundtrack of made up '50s tunes of varying quality, some of which drown out moments of talking at times. But it's still worth at least one viewing to see a young Sylvester Stallone (who would later become ROCKY) and Henry Winkler (in a rough draft for his Fonzie character of HAPPY DAYS) getting to shine in a couple of brief moments. ** out of ****


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