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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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Judge Lambrey
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Three different women married Frankie Lymon. Now as they fight to get a piece of his millions, They will have to prove who married him first and who loved him most. See more »

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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)

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

When Tina Andrews wrote the original script, the part of Frankie Lymon was first offered to Michael Jackson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Emira Eagle: Frankie and I were married, 1967 in Augusta, Georgia. I paid for his funeral. And I don't recall seeing any of you there.
Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters: Oh, please. Don't even play me. Comin' up in here wearing white *after* Labor Day looking like a down-home schoolmarm!
Emira Eagle: YES, I am a down-home schoolmarm. I teach English in high school. A class you obviously skipped.
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Referenced in The O-Zone: The Spice Girls... After Geri (1998) See more »

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Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud (Part I)
Written by James Brown and Alfred James Ellis
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Music
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12 December 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

i think halle berry, viv fox, and lela rochon are tops!! great flick!! i bought it on DVD and cant stop watchin it!! wheres lela rochon lately though?? shes too talented to just leave films!! i think larenz tate did real good too~~~


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