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The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996)

Small-time hood Frankie the Fly teams with a porn filmmaker and porno actress to try to make a killing by running a high-risk scam of the big boss.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sal's Girl
Race Track Valet
Jon Ross ...
Vanessa Ann Giorgio ...
Bathroom Girl (as Vanessa Giorgio)
Porno Actor (as David Shark)
Jana Robbins ...
Race Track Man (as Nick Mele)


Frankie is an unrespected little man, who works for mob bosses Sal and Vic. He meets Margaret, who is an ex-porn actress and plans to become a serious one, falls in love with her and tries to save her from Sal's influence. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexuality, and some violence and drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 January 1997 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Frankie the Fly  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Frankie is on the phone with Joey in his bedroom, there is a hardcover book on the bed --- Mario Puzo's "The Godfather". See more »


[first lines]
Frankie: Hey Vic, what you doing here? That's my stop.
Vic: It's OK Fly, we took care of it.
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Edited into Ticker (2001) See more »


Performed by Bruce Channel
Words & Music by Bruce Channel (as Channel) and Margaret Cobb (as Cobb)
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"Why you call him a fly? Cause flies eat sh...t!!"
22 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a little off-beat gem as it deals with all of the dark issues about the mob but never in a heart attack manner. It is a comedy & to my mind better written that a lot of them. A good cast plus a good plot equals a better than you think movie. Dennis Hopper delivers one of his most effective performances in this made for video film. This isn't the Godfather or Thief. It is the Godfather on gas. A funny quirky story, with a bit of heart in it. Think of a more serious 8 Heads in a Duffle Bag. So it's not exactly noir per se, but on the other hand it's decent. Hopper falls in love with Hannah, who's a lot more intelligent than the typical porn actress, constantly berated by Sutherland, who's a gambling addict, in hock to Sal (Madsen) to the tune of more than 100 G's. Hopper agrees to place some bets for Sutherland at the track provided that Hopper can write and direct a film for Hannah. Sal complicates things by being brutal and nasty, ably abetted by his henchman Vic, played by Damon Callie, who also wrote the script. OK, sure, this is not a cinematic masterpiece. The most fun is watching the four leads do their thing; especially in the early part of the film, Sutherland is hilarious with his rapid fire sarcastic jabs.

The performances are what saves the film. Madsen actually acts rather than rely on tough guy bravado, Sutherland overacts shamelessly but is still entertaining, Hannah makes Margaret sympathetic and she looks great dolled up as Bettie Page. This is Hopper's movie though and he's excellent. For years he's made crap films that demand nothing more of him than to redo his crazy 'Blue Velvet' performance but here he plays it scared and sensitive. It's a very impressive performance. A must see for Hopper fans and worth a look for fans of Hannah, Madsen, or Sutherland.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.

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