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The Flamingo Kid (1984)

Matt Dillon , Hector Elizondo , Garry Marshall  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Hector Elizondo, Molly McCarthy, Martha Gehman, Richard Crenna
  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Writers: Garry Marshall, Bo Goldman, Neal Marshall
  • Producers: Michael Phillips, Nick Abdo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009OWJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Flamingo Kid" on IMDb

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Jeffrey Willis is out to set the world on fire'starting with a well-to-do Long Island beach club! Matt Dillon leads an all-star cast, including Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, Jessica Walter and Janet Jones, in this poignant, fast-moving and totally engrossing story that USA Today calls "funny, sensitive [and] beautifully written!" Everything was settled for 18-year-old Jeffrey (Dillon), the plumber's son from Brooklyn: one last summer of carefree fun before college. But when he gets a job as a cabana boy at the El Flamingo Beach Clubwith its shapely coeds, gin-playing cardsharps and wealthy snobsJeffrey is lured into a world distinctly different from his working-class roots a world that could ultimately draw him away from his education, his background and his family!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Flies By July 7, 2008
By J-Train
Format:DVD
Another classic that doesn't really get the attention it deserves. This is a fun movie, a summer movie. Matt Dillon plays Jeff, a young kid who has just started his last summer before college. His dad wants him to work in an office for the summer but he wants to work at an upscale beach resort called The Flamingo. He grew up in lower class Brooklyn, but his job takes him to the ritzy shores of Long Island where he is quickly making money, moving up the ladder and making solid connections with the wealthy. His friendship with Mr. Brody (The King) begins to change Jeff's ideas about his future, much to the dismay of Jeff's father. Surrounded by wealthy people all day long, Jeff begins to dream of following in Mr. Brody's footsteps and becoming a sports car salesman. When Jeff finds out that Mr. Brody is just a cheater filled with a lot of hot air he takes him on in a marathon game of Gin. This is a great coming of age story and Matt Dillon is perfect in the role. All of the acting is great, it looks beautiful and is an easy movie to watch. The moral of the story for me: don't be fooled by those who preach the easy life, life is more rewarding when you take the hard road.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I fell on the floor with above line by Matt Dillon, to his father, perfectly played by Hector Elizando. And many other lines as well.
Dillon is a young impressionable kid from working-class Brooklyn who is in awe of the part played by Richard Crenna, a charming charlton. Dillon's character is swept up by wealth and the beautiful people and Crenna's character undoubtedly likes the attention. So Jeffrey hangs on to every word and goes home at night and repeats them. It doesnt take long for his true-to-his word father to catch on and call him on it.
The differences in class and values come to a head when Elizando and Crenna meet.
Funny and very entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Wuchak
Format:DVD
At first glance, 1984's "The Flamingo Kid" looks like a coming-of-age beach flick. What occasionally attracts me to these types of films is their youthful energy and fun spirit, as well as the babes. It brings one back in time to the carefree time of his/her coming-of-age years. What surprised me is that "The Flamingo Kid" is more than just a youth beach flick.

The story takes place in the early 60s where 18-year-old Matt Dillon, a plumber's son from Brooklyn, gets a summer job at a private beach club. This was his final summer of carefree fun before going off to college, but his experiences at the beach club change his plans. He makes loads of money on tips, meets a beautiful blond and becomes fascintated by a new mentor, fast-talking businessman and cardshark Richard Crenna.

Crenna convinces Dillon that there are easier, faster (i.e. dishonest) ways to make loads of money than going off to college for years on end. When Dillon moves out of his house and cancels his college plans it naturally creates some serious friction with his father. Will Dillon go on to become the next generation's fast-talking businessman/cardshark in the mold of Crenna or will he see the error of such an enticing lifestyle?

Almost the entire film was shot on location at an Atantic beach club with loads of gorgeous females on hand, including Dillon's girlfriend in the story, Janet Jones. Cutie Marisa Tomei even has a cameo.

The bottom line is that "The Flamingo Kid" offers everything you'd want in such a film and more, including a truly interesting story in which you care about the outcome. And, thankfully, there's NO RAUNCH. In addition the soundtrack includes numerous early 60's hits like "Runaround Sue," etc. What's not to like?

Runtime: 100 minutes

PERSONAL GRADE: A-
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master OF The Rare Laserdiscs Movies. July 9, 2005
By Baldwin
Format:DVD
I have The Flamingo Kid ON LASER DISC!! And I own it on DVD too,'tis one of my Favorite Comedies 80s movies.,You'll love this movie :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class A Nostalga for Baby Boomers October 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
1963 was one romantic period for those of us born in the late '40's and early '50s. It's been a while since I've seen this movie but I can remember it ringing dead-on solid with my emotional makeup of the time. Maybe it was The Theme from A Summer Place or the suntan oil my olfactory senses conjure up by just remembering the pool scenes. Matt Dillon does a great job replaying for me my own adolescent angst and innocence. Even though Jeffrey Willis was from Brooklyn and I was from California, the feeling was the same. That sweet summer nectar of having it all - your youth, your looks and your whole life in front of you. I loved this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Small Screen to Big Screen December 22, 2005
Format:DVD
Garry Marshall was noted for two things, a great sitcom director and the big brother of Laverne DeFazio a.k.a. Penny Marshall. This film showed that he could translate his skill from the small screen to the big screen. And it is written by Garry and Neal Marshall, what a talented family!

In 50's New York City, if you have made it you live in Manhattan, if not, you live in Brooklyn. Jeffrey Willis is the son of a plumber (Hector Elizando) and lives in Brooklyn. He has graduated from High School and is the first in his family to go to college. This is his last summer before becoming a true adult. His father has arranged a summer office job but he wants a summer of fun. He gets a job as a cabana boy at the prestigious El Flamingo Beach Club.

Next to sun and surf, the main diversion is gin rummy. Jeff just happens to be a wiz at gin. He quickly catches the attention of Phil Brody, the club cardsharp. But things don't sit as well when he catches the eye Phil's daughter (Carole R Davis). In the end, Jeff decides to go to college.

The 50's was the last decade of innocence. This film captures this spirit. While the boys talk a good game, they seldom got anywhere with the girls. Marshall keeps the film on the right note for high drama to light comedy.

While some may say that this was a star studded cast only Matt Dillon had a solid movie background. Richard Crenna was a TV star from 50's and 60's. The remaining cast had TV notoriety but would gain their fame later - Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope) and Jessica Walters (Arrested Development). Even Dillon's success didn't happen until this film and later.

This is a great film to watch when you want to see the end of innocence in America.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Flamingo Stud
Jeffrey Willis(Matt Dillon) is out to set the world on fire'starting with a well-to-do Long Island beach club, co-starring Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, Jessica Walter and Janet... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Taheen Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun sunny movie
Loved the cars in the movie. Matt Dillon is really good. The movie had a good old fashioned message to it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mistrmn2012
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gift
I don't remember purchasing this movie and I know I don't own it. I must have purchased it for someone else. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Dillon does this right!!
A wonderfully funny & adorable trip back to the sixties. The cast is perfect, the setting lovely (El Flamingo was actually the Silver Gull Beach Club in Breezy Point, New York... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Petermann
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic movie from the 80's
Great movie loved it as a kid and watching it for the first time since still a classic movie from the 80's.
Wonder where the beach resort is if it really exists.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage years remembered
I really enjoyed watching this movie again as an adult. It was not as awesome as when I was a teen but still made me laugh. It was a nice kick off to the summer.
Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Gunson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite
The cast of characters, setting, era and story-line all come together to make an entertaining movie that we love to watch over and over again. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie great condition
Always loved this movie if you haven't seen you should great great great Matt Dillon at his best and most good looking
Published 15 months ago by Queen Lene
5.0 out of 5 stars a good film.
This show here, shows a lot of common sense, and lost good values, compared to alot of liberal junk that they display now.
Published 16 months ago by Tom Funk
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
product came in perfect condition; enjoyed the movie very much. One of the best early sixty's soundtracks ever and some great funny lines.
Published 22 months ago by johnd
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