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Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

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Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters
Emira Eagle
Judge Lambrey
Herman Santiago
David Barry Gray ...
Peter Markowitz
Young Little Richard (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
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In the mid-1980s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager Morris Levy. One is a singer from Los Angeles, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philadelphia; one teaches high school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow of long-dead doo-wop singer-songwriter Frankie Lyman, and each wants years of royalties due to his estate, money Levy has never shared. During an ensuing civil trial, flashbacks tell the story of each one's life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three widows come together and establish their own bond. Written by <>

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widow | doo wop | singer | estate | money | See All (70) »


The story of three very different women.....with one husband in common. See more »


Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 August 1998 (USA)  »

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$3,946,382 (USA) (28 August 1998)


$12,413,650 (USA) (30 October 1998)

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Toni Braxton was set for a role in the film, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


Elizabeth Waters testified in court that she first met Frankie in 1961, but in the flashback to their first meeting, the music playing on the department store stereo is "Walk On The Wild Side", not released in 1962. See more »


Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters: I loved Frankie! And yes, I would have done aynthing, ANYTHING to save his life!
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Written by Otto A. Harbach and Jerome Kern
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of Mercury Records, Inc
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A different kind of biopic
29 June 1999 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

"Why do fools fall in love" is the story of music legend Frankie Lymon, a 13 year old kid who brought Rock n' roll to middle America before anyone else in the 50's, and then as his voice changed he vanished from public life and into a world of junkies and has-beens. Several years after his death when the song he made famous, "Why do fools fall in love", became popular again 3 women all claiming to be his wife fought for the royalties. This is different from the standard rock biopic. It's told from 3 different perspectives, hence we see 3 different Frankies, all charming and talented, none satisfied or honest. You might keep away from this movie because it's from the director of the awful Selena, but dont. It's a little glossy but all honestly told and very well played, especially by Vivica A. Fox. Great twist ending too.

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