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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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Jeffrey Willis
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Arthur Willis
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Ruth Willis
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Phil 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
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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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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

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In a scene showing Matt Dillon's character's bedroom, there's a 1980 paperback edition of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. 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 »

Quotes

Steve Dawkins: I think I'm gonna be sick.
Hawk Ganz: Well, don't do it on my shirt.
Steve Dawkins: It's your shirt that's making me sick.
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From A Summer Place (1959)
Composer: Max Steiner
Publisher: Warner Bros. Music
Arranged by Curt Sobel
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Entertaining Comedy!
6 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great cast but the storyline is about a kid coming of age during a summer stint as a valet/cabana boy at a Long Island Beach Club. Matt Dillon does a fine job in this role as a lead. He holds his own against heavyweights like Richard Crenna and Hector Elizondo. There is Jessica Walter who played bored Mrs. Brody. The cast also featured Martha Gehman as the sister, Nikki, to Dillon's Jeffrey Willis in the role. While Jeffrey's father, Arthur, is not too happy that his son is working at the club, he deals with it and Mr. Brody's influence over him. Arthur Willis is a hard working plumber who lives with his family in a Brooklyn apartment and not a spacious mansion in Long Island like the club's crowd. I also recall seeing Fisher Stevens and Brian McNamara play his friends and Bronson Pinchot in a small role as well. It's a fine film with some comedic moments but not too many and a predictable ending.


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