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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 All (70) »


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

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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?


When Tina Andrews wrote the original script, the part of Frankie Lymon was first offered to Michael Jackson. 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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References To Tell the Truth (1969) See more »


Out In the Cold Again
Written by Ted Koehler and Rube Bloom
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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