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The Flamingo Kid

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Garry Marshall
Produced by Michael Phillips
Nick Abdo (associate producer)
Written by Gary Marshall
Neal Marshall
Bo Goldman
Starring Matt Dillon
Hector Elizondo
Janet Jones
Richard Crenna
Jessica Walter
Music by Curt Sobel
Cinematography James A. Contner
Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Studio ABC Motion Pictures
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (theatrical)
Release date(s) December 21, 1984
Running time 100 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Flamingo Kid is a 1984 comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, written by Marshall, Neal Marshall and Bo Goldman. It stars Matt Dillon, Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo and Janet Jones. It is a coming-of-age movie about a working class boy who takes a summer job at a beach resort and learns valuable life lessons.

It was the first movie to receive a PG-13 rating, although it was the third to be released with that rating, after Red Dawn and Dreamscape.

Tagline: A legend in his own neighborhood


In the summer of 1963, Jeffrey Willis (Matt Dillon) is hired on at upscale Long Island beach resort, The Flamingo. Jeffrey is a kid from a middle class Brooklyn family and his father (Elizondo) does not approve of him working at the private club.

His hero and mentor at the resort is the reigning Gin rummy card game champ, Phil Brody (Crenna).


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