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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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11 October 1991 (USA)  »

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$22,773,535 (USA)
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Trivia

One scene called for actor Al Pacino to be surprised after opening a door. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) was filming in a nearby studio, so director Garry Marshall arranged for Kirk and Spock be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened. 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

Frankie: Why are you doing this?
Johnny: Everything I want is in this room.
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References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

SLANG YO THANG
Written by Robert Tillis and Johnny Martinez
Performed by The Rhythm
Courtesy of WTG Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Overlooked.
10 December 1998 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This film has been overlooked by everyone I know and to me it was one of the best movies of 1991. I didn't think the chemistry between Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer would be any good, but their on-screen romance was very enchanting. Garry Marshall did a great job directing this movie and Terrence McNally translated his play to screen beautifully. All the characters in this movie could have had a film of their own. My favorite character is Nathan Lane's portrayal of the gay neighbor. Lane is very funny and I love the way his character encourages Pfeiffer's character to fall in love. Falling in love can be dangerous, exciting, scary and blissful all in one night. This movie captures love in a way that made me feel really good.


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