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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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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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The football team on the poster behind Nick when Johnny enters the restaurant for the first time is PAOK from Thessaloniki, Greece, with a double-headed eagle as its emblem. 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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Johnny: You don't have to be afraid anymore.
Frankie: I am. I'm afraid. I'm afraid to be alone, I'm afraid not to be alone. I'm afraid of what I am, what I'm not, what I might become, what I might never become. I don't want to stay at my job for the rest of my life but I'm afraid to leave. And I'm just tired, you know, I'm just so tired of being afraid.
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FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (A MAN AND A WOMAN)
Performed and Written by Terence Trent D'Arby
Terence Trent D'Arby performs courtesy of Sony Music (U.K.)
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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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