The Flamingo Kid

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Drama

A touching account of a working-class teenager tempted to reject his honorable ambitions in favor of a life of easy luxury. Jeffrey Willis (Dillon) is an 18-year-old Brooklyn kid who joins some friends on a jaunt to "El Flamingo," a ritzy beachside club for affluent Long Islanders. There he observes Phil Brody (Crenna), a wealthy car dealer and the club's...read more

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A touching account of a working-class teenager tempted to reject his honorable ambitions in favor of a life of easy luxury.

Jeffrey Willis (Dillon) is an 18-year-old Brooklyn kid who joins some friends on a jaunt to "El Flamingo," a ritzy beachside club for affluent Long Islanders. There he observes Phil Brody (Crenna), a wealthy car dealer and the club's champion gin player, effectively demolishing his competition at

the card table. Jeffrey is hired by the club for the summer, and slowly a romance develops between him and Brody's niece, Carla (Jones). Brody also takes a liking to Jeffrey and helps him get a promotion. After a talk with his new mentor, Jeffrey decides to become a car salesman too. His father

(Elizondo), who dreams of his son's going to college, is dead set against this idea.

There's not a single bad performance here, and director Marshall wisely builds his film on small moments, realized with sympathy and intelligence.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A touching account of a working-class teenager tempted to reject his honorable ambitions in favor of a life of easy luxury. Jeffrey Willis (Dillon) is an 18-year-old Brooklyn kid who joins some friends on a jaunt to "El Flamingo," a ritzy beachside club f… (more)

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