The Lords of Flatbush
Director: Martin Davidson and Stephen F. Verona
Year Released: 1974
The biker jacket-wearing Bad Boys of Brooklyn, The Lords (Perry King, Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler and Paul Mace), don't take school seriously at all (I pity their homeroom teacher) and spend their free time stealing, playing pool, drinking egg creams and accidentally impregnating their girlfriends ("that rubber band didn't work"). While it does capture the mood of mid-70's filthy New York and features some serious star power - it's mostly notable for making Winkler, King and Stallone famous - neither Davidson and Verona know how to shape a scene: there's a moment where Winkler's Jewish tough guy is having a conversation with a soda jerk and just when you think it could be a fascinating exploration of his character's deeper concerns, it just fizzles out. Today's reactionary police would not respond well to the way the main characters treat women - the scene with King and Annie (Reneé Paris) on the beach might not appear "consensual" to some....