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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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Molly McCarthy ...
Ruth Willis
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Nikki 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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Fortune Smith (as Leon Robinson)
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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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It's going to be a summer to remember! 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  »

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$23,859,382
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One title considered was "Sweet Ginger Brown", referring to the Gin Rummy game. 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

Features Spellbound (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaround Sue
Composer: Ernie Maresca (as Ernest Maresca), Dion DiMucci
Publisher: Rust Enterprises, Inc., Schwartz Music Co., Inc., Ernest Maresca
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Laurie Records
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Under-rated.
6 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The Flamingo Kid is a great coming of age film. I have viewed this film a lot and it gets better every time. Garry Mashall does a terrific job with the material and Matt Dillon holds it all together. Great movie.


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