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The Flamingo Kid [1984] [DVD]

Matt Dillon , Richard Crenna , Garry Marshall    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Richard Crenna, Jessica Walter, Hector Elizondo, Fisher Stevens
  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Producers: Michael Phillips
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EJW0UE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As The Flamingo Kid amply demonstrates, there's always room for one more rites of passage film if it's made with care and affection. Garry Marshall's 1984 study of a young Brooklyn poker player who thinks the grass is greener at a Long Island beach club, nails the bad guy, realises he got it wrong and returns to the bosom of his "humble" family certainly satisfies on both counts.

It also has a strong cast: Matt Dillon as Jeffrey, whose niggling aspirations create the inevitable barrier between himself and his parents; Richard Crenna as his prospective role model who turns out to have feet of clay; and Hector Elizondo as his bemused father. But Jessica Walter (Clint Eastwood's stalker from hell in Play Misty for Me) almost steals the show as an acid-tongued beach-club wife.

If the whole thing lacks the depth and warmth of, say, Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, it succeeds on its own merits as an homage to a more innocent time when a young man didn't need to stray far from his own tenement block in order to find himself, with the help of a suitably nostalgic early-1960s soundtrack of course.

On the DVD: As far as extras go, this is a budget offering. There are detailed actor biographies but precious little on the film itself, apart from the snippet that Richard Crenna earned a Golden Globe award nomination. There is an adequate scene index and, for those who want to study Dillon in detail, a reasonable stills gallery. The picture is presented in standard format, and hardly distinguishable from ordinary VHS or telecast quality, but the stereo audio certainly helps pump out the period soundtrack. --Piers Ford

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Long Island, 1963. Jeffrey Willis (Matt Dillon) is a young man from Brooklyn who becomes immersed in the lifestyle of the rich and flamboyant when he visits the 'El Flamingo' beach club. Discovering that he is attractive to women, and well-liked generally, this is sure to be one of the most memorable summers of his life.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Voituer
After seeing this movie I will guarantee that you will want to see it again. Heartwarming and moving this is a film made with care and probably not the biggest budget in the world!
Jeffrey is at major crossroads in his life. He has left school and his father, a 1st Generation American plumber with no education, wants Jeffrey to attend college and start an apprenticeship. Jeffrey bumps into a couple of card playing school friends and is introduced to the El Flamingo, a swank beach club that is a million miles from his Brooklyn home. Tasting a lifestyle unknown to him, and being accepted whilst useful this story is a testiment to family values. Phil Brody, a sports car dealer, takes a shine to Jeffrey and for a while all is well.
Its the end of summer, the club is closing, Jeffrey's girl is going to college and he has to make a decision. Fate plays a hand and I'll leave the ending out.
Superb performances from Matt Dillon, Hector Elizondo, Richard Crenna and full supporting cast. Rich setting and great soundtrack make this and escapist experience that you will want to dip into again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must have on your collection 14 Dec 2013
By martina
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this is one of the best film I ever see mat Dillon acting, keep you entertained from beginning to a end.
an enjoyment se all this American cars and the ways of American living this days.
and teach you the value of been honest
love it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Flies By 7 July 2008
By J-Train - Published on
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Dad, how many potatoes do you think you'll eat b4 u die?" 29 Nov 2001
By andrew i. chaplowitz - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Dillon's summer as a cabana boy at a private beach club 13 Jan 2009
By Wuchak - Published on
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

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class A Nostalga for Baby Boomers 26 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Master OF The Rare Laserdiscs Movies. 10 July 2005
By Baldwin - Published on
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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