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Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2003)

R | | Comedy | 8 November 2003 (USA)
Television director and producer Michael Pressman mounts a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune starring his wife, Lisa Chess. But their attempts to stage the play and work... See full summary »

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Michael Pressman
Lisa Chess ...
Lisa Chess
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Alan Rosenberg
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Murray Mintz
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Cynthia
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Sally
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Constance
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Roger
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Hector Elizondo
Linda Klein ...
'Chicago Hope' Paramedic
Debra Magit ...
Mother
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Jerry Levine
Alice West ...
Alice West
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Billy the Assistant (as James Oliver)
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Rob the Production Manager
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Television director and producer Michael Pressman mounts a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune starring his wife, Lisa Chess. But their attempts to stage the play and work on their marriage, keep running afoul, and everything's threatened by their difficult male lead, Alan Rosenberg. Michael's best hope, as a husband and producer, is to step into the character that Alan has abandoned.

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Comedy

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and brief drug use
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$4,740, 30 May 2004, Limited Release

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$22,900, 27 June 2004
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Features City Lights (1931) See more »

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Frankie and Johnny
Arranged and Performed by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
By Arrangement with BMG Entertainment and ABKCO Records
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The Play's the Fling
21 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

An absolutely fearless enterprise by all involved, "Frankie & Johnnie Are Married" is the ultimate actor's nightmare: not only that the curtain goes up and you're naked and you don't know your lines, but that the entire production is collapsing around you...and you're still naked.

Writer-Director Michael Pressman expertly brings each scene right to the brink and then expertly pulls it back from the abyss, thanks to his co-star (and real-life wife) Lisa Chess and their gutsy co-star Alan Rosenberg. In particular (ask anybody who's tried this), they've worked through how to a) act natural; b) act like they're acting; and c) blur the line in all the right places.

This is a hoot for anybody who's ever done Equity waiver theatre, low-budget movies, or worked with their relatives and friends -- and Pressman, Chess, and Rosenberg have the gall to do all three at once.

For those who enjoyed "Waiting for Guffman" and "Noises Off," this splendidly warm, sharply funny, but somehow intimate and upbeat comedy-drama is a perfect example of why everybody loves show biz -- and hates it -- at the same time.


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