Lord's of Flatbush, The (1974)

The Lord's of Flatbush (1974), directed by Martin Davidson and Stephen Verona.

A small indy film, the episodic lives of members of a 1950s street gang. They goof off in high school, shoot pool, steal cars, and rumble when they have the gang together. (No one-on-one fighting). Mostly they chase babes. Pregnant girlfriend? Oh man, I'm too young to get married.

Not strongly plotted but some performances worth watching. Sexual politics provides the emotion. It's an illustration of the different agenda men and women have. For men, sex is a goal in itself, not an aid to achieving anything else. Women have different priorities: the destination is children, or a home, or just being loved.

Susan Blakely provides a fine example of the bitter choices a young women makes: trade certain sex for the remote chance of love? She and Perry King are making out hot and heavy and he says, trying to be persuasive: "I love you!" She sits up and turns away: "What color are my eyes?" That's a dirty trick.

Nice bit: the tough guys harmonizing doo-wop in the diner.

Sylvester Stallone before Rocky, Henry Winkler before Happy Days.

And yes, it's the "Lord's", possessive. They don't belong to themselves.

The DVD image is very soft.