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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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A legend in his own neighborhood. 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:

Sweet Ginger Brown See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,015,076, 25 December 1984

Gross USA:

$23,859,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,859,382
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One title considered was "Sweet Ginger Brown", referring to the Gin Rummy game. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in Making It Huge (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

He's So Fine
Composer: Ronald Mack
Publisher: Legs Music, Inc.
Performed by The Chiffons
Courtesy of Laurie Records
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Likeable.
3 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Likeable little film has Matt Dillon and some of his friends trying to make some extra money for college by working at a high-class country club. Dillon likes the way life is there to father Hector Elizondo's dismay. Involvement with a car salesman who has a knack for poker (Richard Crenna) engrosses Dillon even more, but soon he learns that all is not as squeaky clean as it appears on the surface. A good screenplay and subtle direction by Garry Marshall help out this movie immensely. All the actors work well together. Watch for a then-unknown Marisa Tomei during one of the country club sequences. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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