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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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Mr. Rosen
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Goldie McLaughlin ...
Waitress Helen
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Storyline

Johnny is a lonely middle-aged man who gets a job in a restaurant owned by a greek family. There, he meets Frankie, a woman who doesn't seem very happy with her life, and he falls in love with her. The problem is that Frankie feels really lost in her monotony, so he can't convince her about his feelings... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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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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$22,773,535 (USA)
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This movie was the first produced screenplay in about fifteen years for playwright Terrence McNally his last having being The Ritz (1976). Both were based on his own play as would be Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) around six years after Frankie and Johnny (1991). See more »

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When Bobby, Tim and Frankie are together in Frankie's apartment for the first time in the film, Frankie and Tim are talking in her kitchen area. Stuck to the lower edge of a cabinet is a newspaper comic strip with a take-out menu tacked below it. The menu switches to a bumper-sticker between shots. See more »

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Frankie: Why do you want to kill yourself sometimes?
Johnny: I want to kill myself sometimes when I think that I'm the only person in the world and that part of me that feels that way is trapped inside this body, that only bumps into other bodies, without ever connecting to the only other person in the world trapped inside of them. We have to connect. We just have to.
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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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A must see; Pfeiffer surprises
29 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

with an excellent performance as a waitress in a down-at-heel coffee shop in NYC. Sounds unlikely, but she actually adapts to the role. Having seen "Dangerous Minds", which was a good film, but somehow she didn't fit that role. "Frankie and Johnny" is a great film to watch; I happened to watch it after a bad day, and it does take you out of your own problems.

Pacino plays a man just released from prison, who lost his wife and child to another man, trying to remake his life; this was based on a play by the same name, "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune" and basically addresses loneliness and isolation, even in a city as overcrowded as NY.

I wish Pfeiffer had done more of these roles. She was so often used as a decoration, her acting ability was not allowed to standout ("Scarface", "Witches of Eastwick") etc. She was also very good in "White Oleander" an excellent film based on the novel by Janet Fitch.

Overall this film is particularly good if you are having problems in your life, and happen to watch this basic story of people, how they stay isolated, how they eventually find each other and a commonality in their life. It is also not an over the top romantic comedy, so it has credibility. 10/10.


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