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?
The Silver Gull Club in Breezy Point (NYC) New York was used as the filming location for the fictional El Flamingo Beach Club. The club, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, was heavily damaged by "superstorm" Sandy in 2012. 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
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?
Composer: Sy Oliver
Publisher: Embassy Music Corp.
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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