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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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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 more »

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Based on a true story of love, music and money. 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

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

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When the scenes changes to Lamberton Prison in 1985, Diana Ross' version of "Why Do Fools" is more than once referred to as a new hit, when in fact, it was released in 1981. See more »

Quotes

Zola Taylor: [about Frankie] That flat-footed little weirdo played all of us.
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I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent
Written by Morris Levy
Performed by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/EMI Records UK Ltd.
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Great music, adequate characterizations
3 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed a lot of this movie but I would have liked a tad more insight into the life of Frankie Lyman. In one scene, he talks about his abusive father, but other than that, there was little revealed about him. I understand it was mostly from his wives point-of-view, but it have helped the story along. In addition, you couldn't tell which of the wives was spinning a tale in order to get a larger settlement.

The large cast was very talented and I especially appreciated that the make-up on the three women was not overdone to make them age. All in all, I enjoyed it very much, but it could have been much better.


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