Cinema: Rushes: Dec. 24, 1984

THE FLAMINGO KID

There is the sweet air of an authentic memoir about The Flamingo Kid, which recollects an adolescent experience in gentle but nonsoporific tranquillity. The time is 1963, and Jeffrey Willis (Matt Dillon) is a poor Brooklyn boy working for the summer at an upper-middle-class Long Island beach club. There he meets a car dealer (Richard Crenna), slightly shady and blatantly materialistic, who tries to tempt him away from the good values of his decent dad (Hector Elizondo), a plumber whose trade may be humble but whose spirit is not. There is...

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