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Frankie and Johnny (1991)

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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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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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11 October 1991 (USA)  »

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$22,773,535 (USA)
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Trivia

The film's source play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" by Terrence McNally opened Off-Broadway on 2nd June 1987 at Stage II of the Manhattan Theatre Club where it ran for just two weeks until the middle of the month. In this opening season, Frankie and Johnny were played by Kathy Bates and F. Murray Abraham. The play then re-opened on 14th October 14 1987 at Stage I where it played for six weeks with actor Kenneth Welsh replacing Abraham. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny surprises Frankie during league night at the bowling alley, he brings a handball to attempt a two-pin split pickup (long shot). When the ball bounces softly off the ten pin (close-up shot), there are three pins set up. See more »

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Johnny: I know I can't the make the bad go away. You're right, I can't. But when the bad comes again, I am gonna be next to you.
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References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »

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WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES
Written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins
Performed by The Doobie Brothers
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By arrangement of Warner Special Products
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Do you believe?
16 March 2004 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I fell in love. The second time around, I was already in love, watching it with my love who also fell in love and now we're all in love. All because of this movie.

Set in New York, the movie deals with loneliness, different ways of coping or letting go, it deals with love, the yearning for it and also the fear of it, this magical feeling you almost don't dare hope for. The simple but genuine approach to these important themes makes the story stand out and makes you want to believe, because deep inside you already do.

You can tell the movie is based on a play, primarily because of the special atmosphere created by the careful progression of the story, scene by scene, not to mention the wonderful and individual characters we get acquainted with. Both Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino make outstanding performances and the on screen chemistry between the two is perfect.

This is an absolute must see for all you dreamers out there, and if you ever come across the play, you probably should check that out as well. Remember, the elephant must face the window and a VCR will never be a substitute for love. Sit down with this movie, and I promise you, from the first shot of the Greyhound accompanied by Terence Trent D'Arby's wonderful title track, you'll never want it to end.


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