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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Ginger Brown See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,859,382
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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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Soundtracks

Yes, Indeed
Composer: Sy Oliver
Publisher: Embassy Music Corp.
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Delightful, some great dialogue too
24 November 2001 | by wdemurjianSee 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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