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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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Storyline

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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Everyone knew what Jeffery should do with his life. Everyone was wrong. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hot Shot  »

Box Office

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$23,859,382 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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: There only two important things in living - finding out what you do well and finding out what makes you happy. And if God is smiling on you, they're both the same thing.
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Connections

Referenced in Boy Meets World: The Pink Flamingo Kid (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Golly Miss Molly
Composer: John Marascalco (as J. Marachico), Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Bumps Blackwell)
Publisher: Parker Music
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Specialty Records
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overlooked Garry Marshall comic gem
30 September 2000 | by (PA USA) – See all my reviews

Matt Dillon stars as a Brooklyn kid who gets a job at a summer club as a cabana boy where he learns about life in this coming of age comedy directed by Garry Marshall..along the way he meets a stunning beauty (Janet Jones, angelic in her screen debut) and he begins to fall for the good life and forgets about the true value of life, work and family.

A good cast and great music make this a very good movie..on a scale of one to ten.. 7


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