The Flamingo Kid

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Released 1984

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The Flamingo Kid

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Director:
Garry Marshall
Released:
1984
Rating:
PG-13
The Flamingo Kid is a coming of age comedy about a young man from Brooklyn who spends a summer working at a posh beach resort in Long Island in 1963. In the film, Jeffrey Willis (Matt Dillon) gets a job at the swank El Flamingo. His middle-class father (Hector Elizondo) doesn't approve of his son working at the private club, but Jeffrey does it anyway, causing a rift between father and son. While at the Flamingo, Jeffrey meets two people who will change his life. Phil Brody (Richard Crenna) is the best gin rummy player at the Flamingo, and he spends the summer teaching Jeffrey about cards and, in a larger sense, life. Jeffrey longs to live an idle life like Phil and begins to emulate his arrogance, much to the chagrin of his father. Jeffrey also falls in love with Phil's niece, Carla Samson (Janet Jones), but will a rich girl from Long Island ever truly return the love of a middle-class kid from Brooklyn?moreless
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    Comedy, Drama

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    Family Comedies, Teen