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
A legend in his own neighborhood.
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Did You Know?
After a character leaves, we see a shot of a jet airplane. Originally, the airplane shot was not in the movie. After a Midwestern preview, an audience member asked director Garry Marshall
what happened to the character that left. When he heard the question, he had the shot inserted. 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
Spin-off The Flamingo Kid
Music by Bennett Salvay
& W.G. Snuffy Walden
(as Snuffy Walden)
Words by Arlene Matza
Publisher: ABC Circle Music, Inc.
Performed by Jesse Frederick See more