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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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Jeffrey Willis
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Arthur Willis
Molly McCarthy ...
Ruth Willis
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Phil Brody
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Phyllis Brody
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Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
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Carla Samson
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Steve Dawkins
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Hawk Ganz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mel Allen ...
Himself (voice)
Seth Allen ...
Jerry Berlin
David Barry ...
Steve's Father
George Blumenthal ...
Hawk's Father
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Bridgette (as Beth Noreen Einhorn)
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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. 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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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Sweet Ginger Brown  »

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Trivia

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

Arthur Willis: There only two important things in living - finding out what you do well and finding out what makes you happy. And if God is smiling on you, they're both the same thing.
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Heatwave (Love Is Like a)
Composer: Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland
Publisher: Jobete Music Company, Inc.
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas (as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Entertaining Comedy!
6 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great cast but the storyline is about a kid coming of age during a summer stint as a valet/cabana boy at a Long Island Beach Club. Matt Dillon does a fine job in this role as a lead. He holds his own against heavyweights like Richard Crenna and Hector Elizondo. There is Jessica Walter who played bored Mrs. Brody. The cast also featured Martha Gehman as the sister, Nikki, to Dillon's Jeffrey Willis in the role. While Jeffrey's father, Arthur, is not too happy that his son is working at the club, he deals with it and Mr. Brody's influence over him. Arthur Willis is a hard working plumber who lives with his family in a Brooklyn apartment and not a spacious mansion in Long Island like the club's crowd. I also recall seeing Fisher Stevens and Brian McNamara play his friends and Bronson Pinchot in a small role as well. It's a fine film with some comedic moments but not too many and a predictable ending.


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