Sylvester Stallone (in his first top-billed role), Happy Days star Henry Winkler, B-movie heart-throb Perry King and Paul Mace are members of a Brooklyn gang in this brilliant coming-of-age saga set in the late 1950s.
Stallone sets the seal on his future Rocky (1976) success as Stanley, a leather-jacketed tough-talker pushed into marriage by his pregnant girlfriend when all he really wants to do is hang out with the guys and tend his pigeons.
Chico Tyrell (King) is a smart-ass lothario who juggles multiple girlfriends and tries to seduce a pretty girl from the suburbs, Jane Bradshaw (Susan Blakely), only to find that she’s a player as well, manipulating various men for her benefit.
Receiving much less screen time are the other two members of “The Lords,” secretly smart Butchey (Winkler) and self-descriptively named Wimpy (Mace).
Evoking a strong sense of time and place, the nostalgic soundtrack is the icing on a rich cake. A huge youth market sleeper with great support from other such rising stars as Susan Blakely, Ray Sharkey and disco maestro Paul Jabara.
David “Chico” Tyrell