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The Flamingo Kid (1984)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 December 1984 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Willis
Arthur Willis
Molly McCarthy ...
Ruth Willis
Phil Brody
Phyllis Brody
Carole Davis ...
Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
Carla Samson
Steve Dawkins
Hawk Ganz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mel Allen ...
Himself (voice)
Seth Allen ...
Jerry Berlin
David Barry ...
Steve's Father
Hawk's Father
Bridgette (as Beth Noreen Einhorn)


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 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hot Shot  »

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The first film to be given a PG-13 rating. It was shelved for five months, however, making Red Dawn (1984) the first film to be *released* with a PG-13 rating. See more »


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 »


Steve Dawkins: I think I'm gonna be sick.
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Composer: Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg (as Lewis Steinberg),
Al Jackson Jr.
Publisher: Irving Music, Inc.
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T. & The M.G.'s)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Delightful, some great dialogue too
24 November 2001 | by (Cherry Hill, NJ) – See all my reviews

This Matt Dillon vehicle serves as the light-hearted equivalent to "A Bronx Tale." Richard Crenna plays the Chazz Palmentieri role as the idolized kingpin and Hector Elizondo plays the Robert DeNiro role of the honorable working class father. There is some memorable dialogue, cute humor, and distinctive card playing (the upside down fan). But, best of all, are the coming of age lessons that are taught to Dillon's character about values, hard work, and summer romance. In the latter category, the movie is aided immensely by the refreshing debut of Janet Jones (now best known as Mrs. Wayne Gretsky). I recommend this without reservation!

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