THE FLAMINGO KID (1984)
A film by Garry Marshal.
Cast: Matt Dillon, Hector Elizondo, Molly McCarthy.
Jeffrey Willis has just finished high school and isn’t quite sure what the future holds. His parents expect him to go to college but he is starting to find his close-knit family stifling. He gets a summer job at the Flamingo club where he meets Phil Brody, a successful car dealer who fills Jeffrey’s head with ideas about how to make his fortune. Phil is everything Jeffrey would like to be – popular, rich and the best gin rummy player the club has ever seen. Jeffrey’s coming of age includes a romance with the very pretty Carla Samson, but the shine on Phil Brody’s philosophy of life wears off when he uncovers a significant flaw in his character.
Elizondo is a hard-working man who still remembers how to dream,and Richard Crenna, on the other hand, is a man who firmly believes “You are what you wear,” and values his status as the club’s gin rummy champion as if it really meant something. of course the flamingo kid is very much attracted to that or the idea of that. Dillon has the kind of acting intelligence that allows him to play each scene for no more than that particular scene is really about; he’s not trying to summarize the message in every speech. That gives him an ease, an ability to play the teenage hero as if the summer will never end. He also a great actor. Great film with a message.
And the remake keeps on coming. This just in walt Disney is going to remake the flamingo kid. I do not see that I want to see that one.