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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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Goldie McLaughlin ...
Waitress Helen
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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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$22,773,535 (USA)
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Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer took on the role of the emotionally fragile waitress in part to work with Al Pacino again after having filmed Scarface (1983) with him nearly a decade before. 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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Johnny: Pardon my French.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.115 (2010) See more »

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IT MUST BE LOVE
Written and Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By arrangement of Warner Special Products
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Love this film
7 May 2004 | by (Montclair, NJ) – 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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