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Writer (WGA):
Tina Andrews (written by)
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Release Date:
28 August 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The story of three very different women.....with one husband in common. See more »
Plot:
Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A different kind of biopic See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Halle Berry ... Zola Taylor

Vivica A. Fox ... Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters

Lela Rochon ... Emira Eagle

Larenz Tate ... Frankie Lymon

Paul Mazursky ... Morris Levy

Pamela Reed ... Judge Lambrey

Alexis Cruz ... Herman Santiago

David Barry Gray ... Peter Markowitz

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Young Little Richard (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)

Clifton Powell ... Lawrence Roberts

Lane Smith ... Ezra Grahme

Ben Vereen ... Richard Barrett

Paula Jai Parker ... Paula King

Marcello Thedford ... Drug Dealer
Norris Young ... Jimmy

Little Richard ... Himself

J. August Richards ... Sherman

Jon Huertas ... Joe Negroni

Aries Spears ... Redd Foxx

Craig Kirkwood ... Eddie Williams

Lucille M. Oliver ... Linda

Alex Thomas ... Jimmy Mac (as Alex Thomas Jr.)

Mary-Pat Green ... Guard

Carlease Burke ... Guard
Erik Dahlberg ... Guard

Ray Laska ... Bailiff
Renee Raudman ... Waitress
Frankie J. Allison ... Undercover Cop (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Raymond O'Keefe ... Desk Sergeant
Cerita Monet Bickelmann ... Laura
Loretta Fox ... Pam
Darrell Eisman ... Control Room Worker
Sam Mountain ... Control Room Worker
Ric Borelli ... Control Room Worker
Douglas Seagraves ... Control Room Worker
Mark Paulk ... Platter
Martin Paulk ... Platter
Ron Jaxson ... Platter
Gary L. Neal ... Platter

Yorgo Constantine ... Announcer
Indira Tyler ... Girl Group Singer
Miya McGhee ... Girl Group Singer (as Miya Mc Ghee)
Erica Kenadie Cobbin ... Girl Group Singer
Nanci Fletcher ... Girl Group Singer

Shirley Caesar ... Herself

James Gleason ... Stage Manager
Brandon D. Morgan ... Young Singer in Church Choir
Charles Walker ... Driver

Kevin Fry ... MP

Ray Proscia ... Security Man
Keith Amos ... Man in hot tub
J.W. Smith ... Postman

Shashawnee Hall ... Preacher

Shari Albert ... Morris' Secretary
John West ... Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bel Ayche ... Manager (uncredited)

Greg Bronson ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Catherine Campion ... Prison inmate (uncredited)

MarLee Candell ... Cafeteria Server (uncredited)

Ski Carr ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Jan Citron ... Sunset Strip Protester (uncredited)
T.K. Durham ... The Sophomores -\sSinger (uncredited)

Christopher Bryan Gomez ... Audience member (uncredited)
Jaxon Duff Gwillim ... Fan (uncredited)

Jeni Jones ... Fan (uncredited)
Frankie Lymon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Denise Mikals ... Beautiful Girl (uncredited)

Glendon Rich ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Reena Pankaj Shah ... Young Audience Member (uncredited)

Annette Young ... Apple singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Nava 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tina Andrews (written by)

Produced by
Mark Allan .... executive producer
Harold Bronson .... executive producer
Bruce Franklin .... associate producer
Paul Hall .... producer
Gregory Nava .... executive producer
Stephen Nemeth .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen James Taylor 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman  (as Ed Lachman)
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Richardson 
 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
 
Production Design by
Cary White 
 
Art Direction by
John Chichester 
 
Set Decoration by
Jackie Carr 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Beraldo 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Burton .... makeup artist: Ms. Berry
Ken Diaz .... prosthetic makeup artist
John E. Jackson .... prosthetic makeup artist
Erma Kent .... hair stylist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist: Ms. Berry
Jacklin Masteran .... hair stylist
Douglas Noe .... makeup artist
Mark Sanchez .... key makeup artist
Kenneth Walker .... key hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
Carol Brown .... makeup artist (uncredited)
K-Bobby .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Margaux L. Lancaster .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Judy Mathai .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kathy Rogers .... makeup artist (uncredited)
David Syner .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mark Allan .... unit production manager
Erica L. Hiller .... post-production supervisor
Derek Freda .... production supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Franklin .... first assistant director
Barbara Martinez Jitner .... second unit director (as Barbara Martinez-Jitner)
Sandra M. Middleton .... second assistant director (as Sandra Middleton)
Kristi Antunovich .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Bernard .... set designer
David Crvelin .... assistant art director
Tim Donelan .... lead man
Teri Anne Kopp .... assistant property master
Steven M. Levine .... property master (as Steve Levine)
Ray Maxwell .... construction coordinator
Clare Scarpulla .... set designer
Ron Wilkinson .... assistant art director
Joey Genitempo .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joey Genitempo .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Serge Genitempo .... paint foreman (uncredited)
James Hayward .... props: second unit (uncredited)
Lou Mouneu Sr. .... plasterer (uncredited)
Robyn Tomasovski .... set painter (uncredited)
Anthony Tomeo .... painter gang boss (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Albert Aquino .... boom operator
Andrew Bock .... assistant sound editor
Veda Campbell .... sound mixer
Kevin E. Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Flick .... supervising foley editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... re-recording mixer
Richard King .... sound designer
Richard King .... sound supervisor
Kimberly Lambert .... supervising adr editor
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Robert Schaper .... re-recording mixer
Frank Smathers .... foley editor
Nancy Tracy .... assistant sound editor
Bob Wishnefsky .... assistant sound editor
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jaya Jayaraja .... utility sound (uncredited)
Marsha Sorce .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Wes Mattox .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
David M. Garber .... visual effects supervisor
Barbara Martinez Jitner .... visual effects production supervisor (as Barbara Martinez-Jitner)
Eric Grenaudier .... lead compositor (uncredited)
Janet Quen .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Mark Spatny .... visual effects production manager: POP Films (uncredited)
Tony Stewart .... visual effects department assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Leonard Creer Jr. .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Cinda-Lin James .... stunts (as Cinda-Lyn James)
Kelsee King-Devoreaux .... stunts (as Kelsee Devoreaux)
Barbara Lee-Belmonte .... stunts (as Barbara Belmonte)
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
William Washington .... stunt coordinator
April Weeden .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Babin .... key grip
Russell Caldwell .... assistant chief lighting technician
Rafael 'Rafa' Castro .... video assist operator
John W. DeBlau .... chief lighting technician (as John De Blau)
David Eubank .... first assistant camera: second unit
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator
Kirk R. Gardner .... camera operator
Nicola Goode .... still photographer
Mike Hall .... first assistant camera
Emil Hampton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Emil Clayton Hampton)
Rick Kangrga .... dolly grip
Chris Leidholdt .... best boy
Christopher Lyons .... rigging gaffer
Justin Quach .... second assistant camera
Michael Bratkowski .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Danny Brazen .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Daniel .... studio technical support and services (uncredited)
Gene Hara .... electrician (uncredited)
John Joleaud .... spotlight operator (uncredited)
Francis Kenny .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Juan Morse .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Darryl Murchison .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Alexandre Naufel .... set lighting (uncredited)
Stephen Thorp .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Eddie Dunlop .... casting associate
Christopher Gray .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... costume supervisor
Steve Ellsworth .... key costumer: men
Valerie T. O'Brien .... key costumer: women
Mira Zavidowsky .... assistant costume designer
Bridgitte Ferry .... set costumer (uncredited)
Philip Maldonado .... costumer (uncredited)
Tim Wilson .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Vernel Bakewell .... assistant editor
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Hank Corwin .... additional editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Sheila MacDowell .... first assistant editor
Brian Ufberg .... assistant editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Renee M. Clare .... assistant location manager (as Renee Clare)
Jane E. Graves .... assistant location manager
Wayne Middleton .... location manager
Mitch Harbeson .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Tim Boyle .... score recordist
Christopher Brooks .... music supervisor
Dan DiPrima .... music editor
Arif Mardin .... music production supervisor
Richard McIlvery .... additional music scoring engineer (uncredited )
Tim Mosley .... executive song producer
Michael O'Rielly .... production music mixer
Michael O'Rielly .... production music recordist
Mark Agostino .... music playback operator (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Lybrand .... picture car coordinator
Mario Simon .... transportation coordinator (as Mario A. Simon)
John Yarbrough .... transportation captain (as John David 'J.D.' Yarbrough)
George Bolton .... driver (uncredited)
James G. Brill .... driver (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Kit Hendrickson .... driver (uncredited)
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... driver (uncredited)
Kim Magruder .... driver generator operator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Borrego .... staff assistant
Royce T. Brown .... staff assistant
Cassandra Butcher .... publicist
Russell Clark .... choreographer
Ashlee Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Nemeth
Neisha Folkes-LeMelle .... assistant choreographer (as Neisha Folkes)
Cheryl Fong .... assistant production associate (as Cheryl Li Fong)
Derek Freda .... assistant: Mr. Allan
Primrose Fukuchi .... assistant production accountant
Sydney Gilner .... script supervisor
Wendy Goldfisher .... staff assistant
Jason Gondek .... staff assistant
Francisco Hernández .... assistant: Mr. Nava (as Francisco Hernandez)
Jennifer Herring .... office assistant (as Jennifer Hering)
Skip Mason .... researcher
Ravi D. Mehta .... production accountant
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator (as Cheryl A. Miller)
Freddy Mojica .... caterer
Stephanie Neroes .... staff assistant
Kofi A. Oliver .... office assistant
Denise Pugh-Ruiz .... staff assistant
Peter Rathje .... medic
Kelly Richardson .... production secretary (as Kelly L. Richardson)
Deborah Ricketts .... researcher
Jason Sanford .... assistant: Mr. Hall
Andrea Scharf .... researcher
Charlie Scott .... craft service
Steve Stone .... staff assistant
George L. Tarrant Jr. .... staff assistant
Ron Thompson .... office assistant
Joi Turner .... staff assistant
Wilson Turner .... office assistant
Jeff Coopwood .... adr artist (uncredited)
Gary Hackney .... assistant to director: second unit (uncredited)
Pam Holdridge .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Tara Nicole Hughes .... dancer (uncredited)
Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Chris Ranung .... craft service: second unit (uncredited)
RuDee Sade .... adr artist (uncredited)
Tony Stewart .... assistant to second unit director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexuality
Runtime:
116 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Toni Braxton was set for a role in the film, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:Frankie just needed something different... *all* the time.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
No Fool No MoreSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A different kind of biopic, 29 June 1999
Author: Alex Salta from NJ

"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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