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The Flamingo Kid (1984)

A recent high school graduate unsure of his future gets a summer job at the Flamingo beach club, and meets the charismatic Phil Brody.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly McCarthy ...
Ruth Willis
Nikki Willis
Phyllis Brody
Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
Fortune Smith (as Leon Robinson)
Frank Campanella ...
Colonel Cal Eastland
Richard Stahl ...
Charlie Cooper
Mario Minetta


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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It's going to be a summer to remember! See more »


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Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hot Shot  »


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Did You Know?


When Mr. Brody (Richard Crenna) demonstrates a TV remote control to Jeff ('Matt Dillon'), one of the shows he channel-surfs to is The Real McCoys (1957). The scene includes Walter Brennan as Grampa McCoy and... Richard Crenna as Luke McCoy. 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 »


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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Features Mister Ed (1958) See more »


Yes, Indeed
Composer: Sy Oliver
Publisher: Embassy Music Corp.
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The Flamingo Kid
13 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Charming comedy from Garry Marshall starring Dillon as a Brooklyn teenager taken aback by the smooth lifestyles at a posh beach club. At the club he meets swift characters like car dealer Richard Crenna, in a wonderful role and the lovely Janet Jones, before the Gretzky. Hector Elizondo is also stand out as Dillon's father. Marshall also wrote the script for the film and it flows with heart and humor all the way through.

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