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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
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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Mel Allen ...
Himself (voice)
Seth Allen ...
Jerry Berlin
David Barry ...
Steve's Father
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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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Director Garry Marshall and writer Neal Marshall are not related. See more »

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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 »

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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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Walk Right In
Composer: Gus Cannon (as Cannon) and Hosea Woods (as Woods), arr. by Erik Darling (as Darling), Bill Svanoe (as Svanoe)
Publisher: Peer International Corp.
Performed by The Rooftop Singers
Courtesy of Vanguard Recording Society, Inc.
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OK coming-of-age movie
23 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's the summer of 63 in Brooklyn. Hawk Ganz (Fisher Stevens) and Steve Dawkins (Brian McNamara) return to the old neighborhood and invite Jeffrey Willis (Matt Dillon) to the Flamingo Club to play cards. Car dealer Phil Brody (Richard Crenna) is the best gin player in the club and father of Steve's girlfriend Joyce. Jeffrey is taken with Joyce's cousin Carla Samson (Janet Jones) from California which drives Alfred (Bronson Pinchot) jealous. He gets a job parking cars at the club. His father Arthur (Hector Elizondo) expected him to work an office job at an engineering firm for the summer. He befriends fellow newbie Fortune Smith. Jeffrey idolizes the successful Phil Brody who takes him under his wing. His wife Phyllis (Jessica Walter) isn't so keen with the lowly help when Carla invites him for dinner. This is no jab at Matt Dillon because he does this character well. I simply don't like this character. To be fair, I don't like any of the characters in this Garry Marshall movie. It's missing the usual Marshall comedic touch. There is a real good father son conflict. I could invest more into their relationship if I could feel more love than anger in the family. The few jokes fall flat for me. It's an OK coming-of-age movie.


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