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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harvey Miller ...
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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Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Johnny and Cora have just finished having sex, there is a shot of Cora looking down on Johnny with her hair very disheveled, and her make up all undone, and she looks very hot and bothered. The scene cuts to Johnny on the bed for a few seconds, then back to Cora whose face and hair now suddenly looks completely redone, her make up is fine, her hair is beautifully in place, and she looks totally calm and cool. See more »


Nedda: Want some bran? You might as well eat rope and yank it through.
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References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »


Written by Andre Williams, Reggie Turner and Keith Williams
Performed by Angel
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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romance in the Greek Apollo-restaurant
25 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Very pleasant love-story that wouldn't have been this good without the great performances by Pacino and Pfeiffer. Pacino is the cook with the romantic heart who just got out of jail (of course he wasn't a real criminal) starts working in a Greek restaurant and falls in love with Pfeiffer, the waitress, who just wants to watch videos and eat pizza after a few bad love-experiences. Pacino has to do a lot (read Romeo & Juliet, dance like a madman, chop vegetables and be very patient) to win her love and is finally helped by the sound of Debussy's 'Claire de Lune'.

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