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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.

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writers:

Neal Marshall (story and screenplay), Garry Marshall (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Jeffrey Willis
Hector Elizondo ... Arthur Willis
Molly McCarthy Molly McCarthy ... Ruth Willis
Martha Gehman ... Nikki Willis
Richard Crenna ... Phil Brody
Jessica Walter ... Phyllis Brody
Carole Davis ... Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
Janet Jones ... Carla Samson
Brian McNamara ... Steve Dawkins
Fisher Stevens ... Hawk Ganz
Leon ... Fortune Smith (as Leon Robinson)
Bronson Pinchot ... Alfred Schultz
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Colonel Cal Eastland
Richard Stahl Richard Stahl ... Charlie Cooper
Joe Grifasi ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hot Shot See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,859,382
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Steve Dawkins: I think I'm gonna be sick.
Hawk Ganz: Well, don't do it on my shirt.
Steve Dawkins: It's your shirt that's making me sick.
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Connections

Referenced in Growing Pains: The Breakfast Club (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Chain Gang
Composer: Sam Cooke, C. Cooke
Publisher: ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by Sam Cooke
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Dillon: Young and still very good
23 March 2001 | by wmcduffeSee 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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