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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:

Sweet Ginger Brown 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a scene showing Matt Dillon's character's bedroom, there's a 1980 paperback edition of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. 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: Gin, Phil.
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Connections

Referenced in Bamboozled (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Finger Poppin' Time
Composer: Hank Ballard
Publisher: Fort Knox Music Co.
Performed by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (as Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
Courtesy of Gusto Records
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Worth owning
22 October 2004 | by torr59See 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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