The Flamingo Kid (1984)



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Set in 1963, this film finds 18-year-old Brooklynite Matt Dillon getting a taste of the Good Life by joining several of his friends at a swank Long Island beach club. Wealthy car salesman Richard Crenna secures him a good job at the club, which troubles Dillon's down-to-earth father.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bo Goldman, Neal Marshall, Garry Marshall
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On DVD: Feb 8, 2000
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Critic Reviews for The Flamingo Kid

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Dillon is a revelation in this movie.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Professionally made, quite entertaining, and disappointingly hollow.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

January 6, 2006

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

Super Reviewer

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

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Three reasons to watch this film: Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, and you get to learn how to play gin rummy.

Perry Der

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