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The Flamingo Kid (1984)

A recent high school graduate unsure of his future gets a summer job at the Flamingo beach club, and meets the charismatic Phil Brody.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly McCarthy ...
Ruth Willis
Nikki Willis
Phyllis Brody
Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
Fortune Smith (as Leon Robinson)
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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It's going to be a summer to remember! See more »


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Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hot Shot  »


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Director Garry Marshall and writer Neal Marshall are not related. See more »


The song, "Stand by Me", is credited to Ben E. King (as King), Elmo Glick (as Glick), Jerry Leiber (as Lieber), and Mike Stoller (as Stoller). 'Elmo Glick' was a pseudonym used by Leiber and Stoller, so there is a redundancy in the credit. See more »


Alfred Schultz: So where's my blind date?
Hawk Ganz: She'll be here! They're coming all the way in from the Bronx.
Alfred Schultz: So what? Are you fixing me up with a bimbo?
Hawk Ganz: Oh no, they're young girls... Bimbettes.
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Referenced in Three Men and a Cradle (1985) See more »


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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Entertaining Comedy!
6 August 2011 | by 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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