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THE LORD’S OF FLATBUSH
1974, Sony Repertory, 86 min, USA, Dir: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona

This low-budget coming-of-age drama about four guys in a Brooklyn street gang offers a much grittier, more realistic look at life in the 1950s than AMERICAN GRAFFITI. As their days of hanging out at the pool hall, hitting on local girls and battling rivals draws to a close, friends Chico, Stanley, Butchey and Wimpy approach adulthood with varying degrees of reluctance. The central quartet features a pair of actors on the brink of superstardom: Sylvester Stallone was two years away from ROCKY, and Henry Winkler was just about to don a leather jacket as Fonzie in TV’s “Happy Days.” With Susan Blakely.


NIGHT SHIFT
1982, Warner Bros., 106 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

When neurotic ex-stockbroker Chuck (Henry Winkler) and bizarrely enthusiastic “Blaze” (Michael Keaton) find themselves co-workers during the night shift at a New York City morgue, they hatch a plot to start a prostitution headquarters in their unlikely environment, after hooker Belinda (Shelley Long) comes to them with an unusual problem.


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