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Release Date:
20 May 1975 (Sweden) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Perry King ... David 'Chico' Tyrell

Sylvester Stallone ... Stanley Rosiello

Henry Winkler ... Butchey Weinstein
Paul Mace ... Wimpy Murgalo

Susan Blakely ... 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
Antonia Rey ... Mrs. Rosiello
Lou Byrne ... Mrs. Pat Bradshaw
Bill Van Sleet ... Mr. Bradshaw
Margaret Bauer ... Nancy Bradshaw
Rose Rothman ... Mrs. Malincanico
Lillian Davidson ... Mah Jong Player
Ann Lefkowitz ... Mah Jong Player
Florence Schissler ... Mah Jong Player
Mildred Deutsch ... Mah John Player
Ray Sharkey ... Student / Wedding Guest

Geraldine Smith ... Student
Darryl Peck ... Student

Bernie Hiller ... Student (as Bernardo Hiller)
Caren Kaye ... Student (as Karen Kaye)
Phyllis Gibbs ... Student
Helen Calahan ... Student
Dana Foley ... Student
Barbara Foley ... Student
Thomas Clarke ... Student
Bonnie Sylvano ... Student
Linda Troiano ... Student
Mark Flanagan ... Student
Linda Lanna ... Student
Tia Millman ... Student

Armand Assante ... Wedding Guest (as Armand Assanti)
George Goomishian ... Wedding Guest
Arlene Gelb ... Wedding Guest
Jamie Gelb ... Wedding Guest
Stacy Gelb ... Wedding Guest
Peter Mintz ... Wedding Guest
Tom Bauer ... Wedding Guest
David Stein ... Wedding Guest
Ralph Rogers Trio ... Wedding Band
Joseph Stern ... Eddie The Drug Store Clerk (as Joe Stern)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brooke Adams ... (uncredited)
Monica Dizozza ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Peter Dizozza ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Burt Lancaster ... Himself - Actor in From Here to Eternity (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Martin Davidson 
Stephen Verona  (as Stephen F. Verona)
 
Writing credits
Stephen Verona (screenplay) (as Stephen F. Verona) and
Gayle Gleckler (screenplay) and
Martin Davidson (screenplay)

Sylvester Stallone (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Richard Millman .... associate producer
Stephen Verona .... producer (as Stephen F. Verona)
 
Original Music by
Joseph Brooks  (as Joe Brooks)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
Joseph Mangine (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Muffie Meyer 
Stan Siegel 
 
Art Direction by
Glenda Ganis  (as Glenda Miller)
 
Costume Design by
Glenda Ganis (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Hillary Bean .... hair stylist
Jacques Lawlor .... hair stylist
Marlene Lorenzen .... hair stylist
Count Vincenzo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Arthur Chobanian .... production manager
Steve Sirkin .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Arthur Gelb .... graphic artist: advertising
 
Sound Department
Vincent Deleo .... sound recordist (as Vincent de Leo)
Tom Dillinger .... sound mix engineer: Cinemix
Mike Engle .... boom operator
Nigel Noble .... sound recordist (as Nigel Nobel)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Adlowitz .... gaffer
Larry Beinhart .... key grip
Jack Cummins .... grip
Haim Pekelis .... grip
Dan Quinn .... assistant camera
Mike Spera .... assistant camera
Jeff Stolow .... grip
Carl Teitelbaum .... gaffer
Kit Whitmore .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Susan Brockman .... assistant editor
Kathy Dougherty .... assistant editor
Lords of Flatbush .... dailies advisor
Ron Silver .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Malcolm Addey .... music recording engineer: Bell Sound Studios
Joseph Brooks .... conductor (as Joe Brooks)
Joseph Brooks .... music arranger (as Joe Brooks)
Robb Navrides .... composer: additional music
Robb Navrides .... music editor: TV version (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dan List .... picture car coordinator
 
Other crew
Frankie Ciraolo .... production assistant
Jimmy Ciraolo .... production assistant
Arthur Gelb .... title designer
Jules Gerber .... production accountant
Nancy Hertz .... production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Lords of Flatbush" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:A (2003) | Iceland:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (video rating)

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Trivia:
The 'Flatbush' of the film's title is a community in the Brooklyn borough of New York where the movie is set. Flatbush comprises a number of neighbourhoods in Brooklyn. The word 'Flatbush' is an Anglicization derived from the Dutch language 'Vlacke bos' where vlacke (= vlak) means flat or wooded plain or flat woodland.See more »
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Anachronisms: In the opening credits the camera pans the skyline of NY, and shows the construction of the Twin Towers in the background. The movie is set in the late 1950s and the Twin Towers were not constructed until the 1970s.See more »
Quotes:
Stanley Rosiello:If you ever show my girl a ring like that again, you know what's gonna be written on your tombstone? "I was dumb enough to show Frannie Malincanico a $1600 ring," ya got that?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Can You Believe You're In LoveSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good, 4 December 2004

I always had a soft spot for "The Lords of Flatbush" ever since I watched it countless times on cable in the late 70's. It's not really a "good" film in the true sense of the word, but it works well because of the charm of the actors and the "fly on the wall" style where there are many scenes where nothing much really happens or progressed, but you watch the characters just be themselves.

Sylvester Stallone (Stanley), Paul Mace (Wimpy), Perry King (Chico) and Henry Winkler (Butchy) all play their roles with honesty and heart. It's interesting to see how the film pretty much centers around King's Chico first and foremost, with Stallone's Stanley a close second. Mace's Wimpy is there in a supporting role, and Winkler's "Butchy" disappears for a lot of the time. Mace and Winkler do have one good scene each without any of the other Lords around, when Mace talks with Moose Mombo in the poolhall (alone until the other Lords show up), and Winkler's talk with Eddie the egg cream guy, although this scene is pretty short.

Stanley is the tough guy of the group, while Chico is the studly one, the best looking of the four (although Stanley's girlfriend is much hotter than Chico's, and they are both best girlfriends). It becomes apparent at one point that Chico is pretty much a jerk, and has a constant tension with Stanley. Chico is a jerk to Stanley before they "trade hits" and especially on top of the roof, where Stanley tries to communicate seriously with Chico about imagination. Actually, the last bunch of scenes of the film all revolve around Chico's inability to get along with almost anyone, from the guy dating the girl he likes, the girl herself telling him to grow up, and then with Stanley on the roof. It is a little odd seeing Chico and Stanley have all these tense moments, than seeing Chico at Stanley's wedding with his arm around him like they are the greatest of friends.

Stanley is actually much more than a muscle-bound oaf, he's actually very sensitive and has a heart as well underneath the wisecracks. He doesn't have to marry his beautiful girlfriend when he finds out she's not pregnant but does anyway, and he tries to relate his ideas on traveling within your mind to Chico, who shoots him down. Stanley seems to always be the one trying to make their friendship work, even coming up with the idea of stealing a car "for Chico" so he'd have a better chance with Susan Blakely, the gorgeous new girl in class.

None of he music is original 50's music, it's all new music made to sound like it came from that era but some of it is pretty good, especially the songs sung by the gravelly-voiced singer of the opening song.

The film is gritty and more realistic because of the low production values. Especially giving the film a realistic feel is a lot of the background lines and things the actors come up with, much sounding very improvised.

It was great to have this on a widescreen DVD. The short production notes inside the DVD are pretty interesting, saying that there were scenes reshot and even a whole new ending shot, because they wanted a more "upbeat" ending. If the original "downbeat" ending is still around somewhere, as well as the original scenes, they'd be great to put on a Special Edition DVD, which would make sense considering the star power of the actors. The picture on the rear of the DVD is of a scene not in the film, so that's a nice small bonus. There's also at least one thing not in the film that's on the trailer.

I bought this on sale for 7 bucks, definitely a great deal. Many DVDs go way down in price because of a looming Special Edition so who knows?

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