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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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Morris Levy
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Paula King
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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) »


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

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Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tres bandas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,946,382, 30 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,413,650, 1 November 1998
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Zola Taylor: [about Frankie] That flat-footed little weirdo played all of us.
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References To Tell the Truth (1969) See more »


Little Bitty Pretty One
Written by Bobby Day (as Robert Byrd)
Performed by Dorian Holley
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I liked this movie
25 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I don't believe this movie didn't do better in the ratings. I thought it was clever and entertaining. Halle Berry is beautiful and Larenz Tate was engaging as Frankie Lymon. Again, Gregory Nava is a director to watch for. I didn't realize he also did Selena and that was a movie I also enjoyed. Nothing heavy or slick, no action, fires, explosions, just good story telling about characters and their relationships with one another.

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