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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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Storyline

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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Kathy Bates, who had originated the role of Frankie on stage, was passed over in favor of Michelle Pfeiffer, a fate that often seemed to befall her stage characters when transferred to the screen, which delayed her eventual success on film. Ironically, in this case, it was Marshall's former brother-in-law, Rob Reiner, who gave Bates her big-screen break in Misery (1990), from which she ended up better-off, as she won A Best Actress Academy Award (Oscar) for the film. See more »

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When Frankie and Johnny first attempt to sleep with each other, Frankie is seen trying to remove her left shoe with her bare right foot. The right shoe is shown on the bed, already off. In the next shot, Johnny is taking the right shoe off. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: I think we should get married and have kids.
Frankie: [hysterical] I don't like kids!
Johnny: I don't believe that.
Frankie: [pause] I can't have any! Are you happy now?
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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SATURDAY NIGHT (IS THE LONGEST NIGHT IN THE WEEK)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
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Love this film
7 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watch this movie over and over and never tire of it. Each time I notice more nuance. A great exploration of despair and hope, of class consciousness, and true eartly aliveness. Poignant and honest.

Michelle plays a depressed soul, beaten down who has given up completely. And Pacino is a beaten down battered ex-con, who somehow, has held onto "the dream". Nathan Lane is great - It's romantic, poignant, funny, sad, ecstatic. I love the last scene so much. What more can I say?? Don't miss this film - it's a treat.

Nancy Mehegan, Montclair, NJ


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