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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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A recent high school grad takes a summer job at the Flamingo club.

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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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Taglines:

It's going to be a summer to remember! 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

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

Alfred Schultz: So where's my blind date?
Hawk Ganz: She'll be here! They're coming all the way in from the Bronx.
Alfred Schultz: So what? Are you fixing me up with a bimbo?
Hawk Ganz: Oh no, they're young girls... Bimbettes.
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Connections

Referenced in Baywatch: A Matter of Life and Death (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaround Sue
Composer: Ernie Maresca (as Ernest Maresca), Dion DiMucci
Publisher: Rust Enterprises, Inc., Schwartz Music Co., Inc., Ernest Maresca
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Laurie Records
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The Flamingo Kid
13 May 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Charming comedy from Garry Marshall starring Dillon as a Brooklyn teenager taken aback by the smooth lifestyles at a posh beach club. At the club he meets swift characters like car dealer Richard Crenna, in a wonderful role and the lovely Janet Jones, before the Gretzky. Hector Elizondo is also stand out as Dillon's father. Marshall also wrote the script for the film and it flows with heart and humor all the way through.


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