The Flamingo Kid (1984)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 December 1984 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mel Allen ...
Himself (voice)
Seth Allen ...
Jerry Berlin
David Barry ...
Steve's Father
Hawk's Father
Bridgette (as Beth Noreen Einhorn)


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 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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Did You Know?


The first film to be given a PG-13 rating. It was shelved for five months, however, making Red Dawn (1984) the first film to be *released* with a PG-13 rating. 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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Stand by Me
Composer: Ben E. King (as King), Elmo Glick (as Glick), Jerry Leiber (as Lieber),
Mike Stoller (as Stoller)
Publisher: Rightsong Music, Inc., Trio Music, ADT Enterprises
Performed by Ben E. King
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Dillon: Young and still very good
23 March 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was very good. The cast is excellent. I loved Dillon, Elizondo and Crenna. They had great chemistry together. Janet Jones was nice too look at, but as far as acting goes, she didn't do it for me. The story was very good and kept me interested.

On a whole I rate the movie a 8.

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