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The Flamingo Kid (1984)



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Movie Info

Set in 1963, The Flamingo Kid finds 18-year-old Brooklynite Matt Dillon, the son of blue-collar Hector Elizondo, getting a taste of the Good Life by joining several of his friends at "El Flamingo", a swank Long Island beach club. Wealthy car salesman Richard Crenna, the uncle of Matt's girl friend Janet Jones, befriends the boy and takes him under his wing. Thanks to Crenna's influence, Matt secures a good job at the Flamingo. The boy is bedazzled by Crenna's sumptuous lifestyle, and most especially by the older man's reputation as the Flamingo's reigning gin rummy champ. Dillon begins taking on airs, which alienates his down-to-earth father. Watch for a scene in which, while channel-surfing with his new remote control, Richard Crenna watches a fleeting clip from the old TV sitcom The Real McCoys--featuring Richard Crenna.


Matt Dillon
as Jeffrey Willis
Richard Crenna
as Phil Brody
Hector Elizondo
as Arthur Willis
Molly McCarthy
as Ruth Willis
Martha Gehman
as Nikki Willis
Jessica Walter
as Phyllis Brody
Carole R. Davis
as Joyce Brody
Janet Jones
as Carla Samson
Brian McNamara
as Steve Dawkins
Fisher Stevens
as Hawk Ganz
as Fortune Smith
Bronson Pinchot
as Alfred Schultz
Frank Campanella
as Col. Cal Eastland
Richard Stahl
as Charlie Cooper
Joe Grifasi
as Mario Minetta
Ron McLarty
as Pat McCarty
Seth Allen
as Jerry Berlin
Adam Klugman
as Lewis Madrone
Ray Roderick
as Danny Walsh
Sharon Thomas
as Mrs. Unger
Christopher Chadman
as Dance Instructor
Steven Weber
as Paul Hirsch
Barbarian Brothers
as Turk and Dirk
Bobbie Jo Burke
as Bobbie Jo
Leslie S. Sachs
as Big Sid's Girl
Melvin Allen
as Himself
Lee Morey
as Mrs. Bakalentnikoff
Carol Williard
as Mrs. Rifkin
Richard Buck
as Man on Lounge
Brad Kane
as Mitch
Lauren Costa
as Lauren McCarty
Linda Costa
as Peter's Mother
Scott Marshall
as Stickball Player
Freddy Frogs
as Hot Dog Man
Lee Steele
as Furniture Store Owner
Bo Sabato
as Uncle Jack
Frances Peach
as Aunt Frances
Jack Danny Foster
as Pete from Pinky's
John Turturro
as Ted from Pinky's
Mark Strait
as Bocko from Pinky's
Mike Markowitz
as Nervous Man
Kathi Marshall
as Adventurer's Inn Hostess
Novella Nelson
as Lizzy the Housekeeper
David Berry
as Steve's Father
David Paul
as Barbarian Brother
Peter Paul
as Barbarian Brother
Mel Allen
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Flamingo Kid

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

The movie has an engaging surface, but it's all surface -- it's like watching an outsize TV.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Dillon does a good job in his fullest, least narcissistic characterization to date.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The performances compensate, with Dillon turning in a light and touching portrait of confused ambitions.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

As coming-of-age stories go, this one is an underrated treasure with Dillon and Crenna doing fantastic work.

January 6, 2006 | Rating: 5/5

Dillon is a revelation in this movie.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Even if The Flamingo Kid comes out of sit-com country, the character and the performance effortlessly rise above their origins.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Flamingo Kid

I don't know if it's because I'm not a fan of Dillon like some other people who reviewed this film, but I didn't think his performance was so great. I just couldn't get into this movie, and found it boring.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This movie is funny,and cute,and Matt Dillion is so ADORABLE!!!

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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