Frankie and Johnny (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  11 October 1991 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fernando López ...
Harvey Miller ...
Mr. Rosen
Goldie McLaughlin ...
Waitress Helen


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.


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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$22,773,535 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The name of the screenplay that the African-American waiter wrote that was going to get produced in Hollywood was "Bloods on the Moon". See more »


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 »


Tim: [after repeated phone calls from Johnny] Excuse me, Johnny, I've got to hang up. We're expecting a call from you any minute
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References Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) See more »


Written and Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By arrangement of Warner Special Products
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A romantic, popcorn-and-wilted-roses kind of comedy-drama...
25 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

You have to give the filmmakers credit: they did attempt to deglamorize Michelle Pfeiffer to fit into Kathy Bates' off-Broadway role of a waitress with no prospects who finds herself attracted to the new cook at the restaurant. Michelle's innate sparkle manages to shine through the dowdy clothes and plain-Jane appearance, and yet the miraculous thing is, her casting doesn't hurt the movie and her performance is one of the best things about "Frankie and Johnny". Pfeiffer and Al Pacino are a good screen match, and if they don't especially resemble the characters they're playing, they at least don't throw the tone out of whack (this is a Garry Marshall movie after all, so it's bound to have a bumpy narrative). Terrence McNally's play was about hard truths and sex on a low income; this is a big, charming commercial comedy-drama, directed with energy but no real flair. Pacino lays on the Prince Charming-pizazz a bit heavily, and Nathan Lane works overtime at being adorable as the proverbial gay best friend, but it certainly isn't a bad movie. It works on a certain level, even if it doesn't resemble reality or the original play. *** from ****

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