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Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

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Johnny on his release from his jail joins the restaurant where Frankie works. Johnny discovered his talent for cooking when in jail. Love at first sight bites Johnny on seeing Frankie. He makes direct attempts to get her heart. But deep a wound in Frankie's heart would not let her give her heart to Johnny. Johnny's divorced wife and kids have moved to a new world of a different person. Frankie opens up her tragic story and Johnny promises to be with her in difficult times. Written by Thejus Joseph Jose

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You never choose love. Love chooses you.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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11 October 1991 (USA)  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,773,535
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Trivia

Al Pacino almost worked with director Garry Marshall the previous year on Pretty Woman (1990). He auditioned for the Edward Lewis role and even read with Julia Roberts before deciding to inexplicably back out. Marshall remembered his audition then and offered him the lead role here. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the bus driver announces they are 15 minutes from Altoona, PA and that Rockview State Prison is over to the right. Rockview State Prison is about an hour drive away by car and it's about 3 hours by commercial bus . See more »

Quotes

Johnny: You don't have to be afraid anymore.
Frankie: I am. I'm afraid. I'm afraid to be alone, I'm afraid not to be alone. I'm afraid of what I am, what I'm not, what I might become, what I might never become. I don't want to stay at my job for the rest of my life but I'm afraid to leave. And I'm just tired, you know, I'm just so tired of being afraid.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

LOVE SHACK
Written by Kate Pierson (as Catherine Pierson), Fred Schneider (as Frederick Schneider), Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson
Performed by The B-52's
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Overlooked.
10 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This film has been overlooked by everyone I know and to me it was one of the best movies of 1991. I didn't think the chemistry between Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer would be any good, but their on-screen romance was very enchanting. Garry Marshall did a great job directing this movie and Terrence McNally translated his play to screen beautifully. All the characters in this movie could have had a film of their own. My favorite character is Nathan Lane's portrayal of the gay neighbor. Lane is very funny and I love the way his character encourages Pfeiffer's character to fall in love. Falling in love can be dangerous, exciting, scary and blissful all in one night. This movie captures love in a way that made me feel really good.


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