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Flamingo Kid, The Movie

Movie Summary for Flamingo Kid, The


Sometimes life on easy street isn’t always smooth as seen in this 80s movie. A young boy fed up of his routine life, chooses one that is supposedly more upbeat.

Flamingo Kid, The DVD

DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Flamingo Kid, The was released on August 5, 2003 by MGM Video & DVD and is rated PG-13.


Matt Dillon plays Jeffrey Willis, a guy who believes that all aspect of his life is stuck in a rut in the movie The Flamingo Kid.

When Jeffrey visits The Flamingo Beach club, its starts to see life in a whole new positive light. Life is a beach as they say, and Jeffrey wants to enjoy it to the max. He even found love on the beach in the form of Carla Samson. But soon, all the good times will come to an end for Jeffrey and he will discover that what he was craving for had been right in front of him after all. This is revealed in the movie The Flamingo Kid.


Jeffrey Willis - Matt Dillon
Arthur Willis - Hector Elizondo
Ruth Willis - Molly McCarthy
Nikki Willis - Martha Gehman
Phil Brody - Richard Crenna
Phyllis Brody - Jessica Walter
Joyce Brody - as Carole R. Davis
Carla Samson - Janet Jones
Steve Dawkins - Brian McNamara
Hawk Ganz - Fisher Stevens
Fortune Smith - Leon Robinson
Alfred Shultz - Bronson Pinchot
Col. Eastland - Frank Campanella
Charlie Cooper - Richard Stahl
Mario Minetta - Jose Grifasi


Matthew Broderick was expected to play Jeffrey Willis in the movie The Flamingo Kid, but he left the project, making way for Matt Dillon. Dillon’s script was tailor-made for him.

“Sweet Ginger Brown,” was one of the original movie titles considered for The Flamingo Kid.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie Flamingo Kid, The was released to theatres on 12/21/1984 by 20th Century Fox, and grossed $23,859,382 at the box office in the US.

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