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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeffrey Willis
... Arthur Willis
Molly McCarthy ... Ruth Willis
... Nikki Willis
... Phil Brody
... Phyllis Brody
... Joyce Brody (as Carole R. Davis)
... Carla Samson
... Steve Dawkins
... Hawk Ganz
... Fortune Smith (as Leon Robinson)
... Alfred Schultz
Frank Campanella ... Colonel Cal Eastland
Richard Stahl ... Charlie Cooper
... Mario Minetta
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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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A legend in his own neighborhood. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Mr. Hot Shot  »

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$23,859,382
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After a character leaves, we see a shot of a jet airplane. Originally, the airplane shot was not in the movie. After a Midwestern preview, an audience member asked director Garry Marshall what happened to the character that left. When he heard the question, he had the shot inserted. See more »

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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 »

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Jeffrey Willis: Listen, Pal, I'll have you know that I know Jujitsu, Karate, Judo, and some other big words, so don't mess with me alright?
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Features Spellbound (1945) See more »

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Get a Job
Written by The Silhouettes (Earl Beal, Raymond Edwards, Richard Lewis, William Horton)
Publisher: Dandelion Music Co. & Wildcat Music, Inc.
Performed by The Silhouettes
Courtesy of Kae Williams Sr.
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Worth owning
22 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Good movie, worth owning, part for the time it represents, and part because of all the good acting (understated and funny). Richard Crenna plays a great pompous jerk (are we sure he's acting?) Hector Elizondo plays one of his best parts ever as the DAD ("Now he knows Kings!"), and Gretzky's wife even does a half decent job. Fisher Stevens and Bronson Pinchot play good supporting roles as well. Matt Dillon does a great job as a kid who's enamored with Crenna's BS. (One actress who is hot as hell is Carole Davis, who plays Crenna's daughter, and who I am almost positive was a Penthouse Pet at one time. She was also in "Mannequin" and "Shrimp on the Barbie". Hotter than Gretzky's wife).......Anyway, good lines, good script, good ending, good movie.


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