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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Willis
Arthur Willis
Molly McCarthy ...
Ruth Willis
Phil Brody
Phyllis Brody
Carole Davis ...
Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
Carla Samson
Steve Dawkins
Hawk Ganz
Fortune Smith (as Leon Robinson)
Alfred Schultz
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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Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hot Shot  »

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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 »


Jeffrey Willis: Gin, Phil.
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Spin-off The Flamingo Kid (1989) See more »


Music by Bennett Salvay & W.G. Snuffy Walden (as Snuffy Walden)
Words by Arlene Matza
Publisher: ABC Circle Music, Inc.
Performed by Jesse Frederick
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Worth owning
22 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good movie, worth owning, part for the time it represents, and part because of all the good acting (understated and funny). Richard Crenna plays a great pompous jerk (are we sure he's acting?) Hector Elizondo plays one of his best parts ever as the DAD ("Now he knows Kings!"), and Gretzky's wife even does a half decent job. Fisher Stevens and Bronson Pinchot play good supporting roles as well. Matt Dillon does a great job as a kid who's enamored with Crenna's BS. (One actress who is hot as hell is Carole Davis, who plays Crenna's daughter, and who I am almost positive was a Penthouse Pet at one time. She was also in "Mannequin" and "Shrimp on the Barbie". Hotter than Gretzky's wife).......Anyway, good lines, good script, good ending, good movie.

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