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.
Everyone knew what Jeffery should do with his life. Everyone was wrong.
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Did You Know?
This was the very 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 the 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
I think I'm gonna be sick.
Well, don't do it on my shirt.
It's your shirt that's making me sick.
Composer: Sam Cooke
, C. Cooke
Publisher: ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by Sam Cooke
Courtesy of RCA Records See more