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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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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
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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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It's going to be a summer to remember! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Mr. Hot Shot  »

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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 »

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: What are you looking at? Eat your halibut and mind your own business.
Jeffrey Willis: Yeah, eat your halibut and mind your own business.
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Soundtracks

Finger Poppin' Time
Composer: Hank Ballard
Publisher: Fort Knox Music Co.
Performed by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (as Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
Courtesy of Gusto Records
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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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