The Lords of Flatbush
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A small masterpiece that places the mood and general ethos of the '50s with absolute precision and total affection.
TV Guide Magazine
Anyone who grew up in the Brooklyn of the 1950s will recognize the essential honesty of this picture.
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.
Not too much finesse distinguishes the script, which carries neither warmth nor particular interest for the various characters.
Forgettable nostalgia trip from 1974, shot in 16-millimeter by the enterprising Stephen Verona and Martin Davidson. Somehow, this little exploitationer ended up launching the careers of Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Perry King, and Susan Blakely.
The New York Times
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.
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