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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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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  »

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$23,859,382
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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

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 »

Quotes

Arthur Willis: What are you looking at? Eat your halibut and mind your own business.
Jeffrey Willis: Yeah, eat your halibut and mind your own business.
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Soundtracks

Stranger on the Shore
Composer: Acker Bilk, Robert Mellin
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing, Ltd.
Performed by Acker Bilk
Courtesy of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Delightful, some great dialogue too
24 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This Matt Dillon vehicle serves as the light-hearted equivalent to "A Bronx Tale." Richard Crenna plays the Chazz Palmentieri role as the idolized kingpin and Hector Elizondo plays the Robert DeNiro role of the honorable working class father. There is some memorable dialogue, cute humor, and distinctive card playing (the upside down fan). But, best of all, are the coming of age lessons that are taught to Dillon's character about values, hard work, and summer romance. In the latter category, the movie is aided immensely by the refreshing debut of Janet Jones (now best known as Mrs. Wayne Gretsky). I recommend this without reservation!


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