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The Flamingo Kid (1984)

Set in Brooklyn, 1963, Jeffrey Willis has just finished high school and isn't quite sure what the future holds. His parents expect him to go to college but he is starting to find his ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Jeffrey Willis
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Arthur Willis
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Ruth Willis
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Phil Brody
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Phyllis Brody
Carole Davis ...
Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
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Carla Samson
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Steve Dawkins
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Hawk Ganz
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Fortune Smith (as Leon Robinson)
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Alfred Schultz
Frank Campanella ...
Colonel Cal Eastland
Richard Stahl ...
Charlie Cooper
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Mario Minetta
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Set in Brooklyn, 1963, Jeffrey Willis has just finished high school and isn't quite sure what the future holds. His parents expect him to go to college but he is starting to find his close-knit family stifling. He gets a summer job at the Flamingo beach club where he meets Phil Brody, a successful car dealer who fills Jeffrey's head with ideas about how to make his fortune. Phil is everything Jeffrey would like to be - popular, rich and the best gin rummy player the club has ever seen. Jeffrey's coming of age includes a romance with the very pretty Carla Samson, but the shine on Phil Brody's philosophy of life wears off when he uncovers a significant flaw in his character. Written by garykmcd

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Everyone knew what Jeffery should do with his life. Everyone was wrong. See more »

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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Mr. Hot Shot  »

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The lead was originally offered to Matthew Broderick. When he dropped out, the character was rewritten for Matt Dillon. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, after the kid hits the ball, a shot of a passing train shows graffiti covered cars. This was not the case in 1963, but definitely was the case in 1984 when the film was made. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Schultz: So where's my blind date?
Hawk Ganz: She'll be here! They're coming all the way in from the Bronx.
Alfred Schultz: So what? Are you fixing me up with a bimbo?
Hawk Ganz: Oh no, they're young girls... Bimbettes.
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Connections

Referenced in Boy Meets World: The Pink Flamingo Kid (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand by Me
Composer: Ben E. King (as King), Elmo Glick (as Glick), Jerry Leiber (as Lieber),
Mike Stoller (as Stoller)
Publisher: Rightsong Music, Inc., Trio Music, ADT Enterprises
Performed by Ben E. King
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Under-rated.
6 December 1998 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The Flamingo Kid is a great coming of age film. I have viewed this film a lot and it gets better every time. Garry Mashall does a terrific job with the material and Matt Dillon holds it all together. Great movie.


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