The Lords of Flatbush (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lords of Flatbush (1974)




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Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler star as members of a 1950s street gang who must face the onset of maturity and responsibility in this coming-of-age serio-comedy.

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Perry King
as Chico Tyrell
Henry Winkler
as Butchey Weinstein
Sylvester Stallone
as Stanley Rosiello
Paul Mace
as Wimpy Murgalo
Susan Blakely
as Jane Bradshaw
Maria Smith
as Frannie Malincanico
Renee Paris
as Annie Yuckamanelli
Paul Jabara
as Crazy Cohen
Joe Stern
as Eddie
Ruth Klinger
as Mrs. Tyrell
Joan Newman
as Miss Molina
Dolph Sweet
as Rosiello
Lou Byrne
as Mrs. Bradshaw
Caren Kaye
as Wedding Guest
Lillian Davidson
as Mah Jong Player
Ann Lefkowitz
as Mah Jong Player
Florence Schissler
as Mah Jong Player
Mildred Deutsch
as Mah Jong Player
Ray Sharkey
as Student
Darryl Peck
as Student
Karen Kaye
as Student
Dana Foley
as Student
Armand Assante
as Wedding Guest
Antonia Rey
as Wedding Guest
Rose Rothman
as Wedding Guest
George Goomishian
as Wedding Guest
Arlene Gelb
as Wedding Guest
Jamie Gelb
as Wedding Guest
Stacy Gelb
as Wedding Guest
Peter Mints
as Wedding Guest
Tom Bauer
as Wedding Guest
David Stein
as Wedding Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

The movie is adept at portraying aimlessness, getting at the greasy anomie that was so much a part of that time. But there is a lack of ambition, as if no one involved in creating the film wanted to cut deeper than a little double-edged nostalgia.

July 25, 2010 | Full Review…

Not too much finesse distinguishes the script, which carries neither warmth nor particular interest for the various characters.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

A small masterpiece that places the mood and general ethos of the '50s with absolute precision and total affection.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Like first love, this study of the growing pains of the leather jacket-bobby soxer Brooklyn high school set of 1957 is, by turns, cheerful, confused, juvenile and never fully realized.

May 9, 2005

An early nostalgia tour of the 1950s, The Lords of Flatbush is a rough sketch of a bigger, better movie that is mostly remembered today for the careers it helped launch.

September 7, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

All this made the movie both a hit and a very fondly remembered artifact of its era... And like American Graffiti before it, and Dazed & Confused after it, it had a cast of young actors of its era who would go on to distinguish themselves in the future.

June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lords of Flatbush

When I first read about this film I was expecting a kind of gang causing trouble learning from mistakes film, But what we got was Grease without the songs and the cheese, There's no real plot it's just about four best friends and their love lives, Pretty well acted by all the cast but nothing memorable.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

Super Reviewer

I have never heard of this film before, came across it whilst reading about Sly Stallone on IMDb and with a cast including Henry Winkler, Perry King (Han Solo auditioner for 1977 classic) and Amand Assante I knew I had to watch. In all honesty I didn't see much in the film that was entertaining or exciting, there is allot of dialog and emotion on show as a group of tough young guys in a Brooklyn gang live their lives over the course of afew weeks (I think). Nothing much really happens accept for much smooching with girls in their parents houses and a marriage at the finale, if you think of the film classic 'Diner' then your on the right track but 'Diner' is much more interesting than this, only watch if your curious to see a very young Stallone and pre-Fonz Winkler (yes this role did lead to the Fonz obviously) which is an intriguing lure.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Not bad tale of 1950s Brooklyn 'gang' of four cool, young rebels.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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