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Frankie and Johnny (1991)

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Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writers:

Terrence McNally (play), Terrence McNally (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Johnny
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Frankie
Hector Elizondo ... Nick
Nathan Lane ... Tim
Kate Nelligan ... Cora
Jane Morris ... Nedda
Greg Lewis ... Tino
Al Fann ... Luther
Ele Keats ... Artemis
Fernando López Fernando López ... Jorge
Glenn Plummer ... Peter
Tim Hopper ... Lester
Harvey Miller Harvey Miller ... Mr. Rosen
Sean O'Bryan ... Bobby
Goldie McLaughlin Goldie McLaughlin ... Waitress Helen
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Storyline

Johnny on his release from his jail joins the restaurant where Frankie works. Johnny discovered his talent for cooking when in jail. Love at first sight bites Johnny on seeing Frankie. He makes direct attempts to get her heart. But deep a wound in Frankie's heart would not let her give her heart to Johnny. Johnny's divorced wife and kids have moved to a new world of a different person. Frankie opens up her tragic story and Johnny promises to be with her in difficult times. Written by Thejus Joseph Jose

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Taglines:

You never choose love. Love chooses you.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankie & Johnny See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,773,535
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie version of the stage production "opened up the play to include all the characters and locations mentioned in the stage version" according to the book "It's a Hit! - The Back Stage Book of Longest-Running Broadway Shows: 1884 to the Present" (1994). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the bus driver announces they are 15 minutes from Altoona, PA and that Rockview State Prison is over to the right. Rockview State Prison is about an hour drive away by car and it's about 3 hours by commercial bus . See more »

Quotes

Johnny: [Waiting for Frankie] I have a cousin who's gay, by the way.
Tim: Oh, most people do.
Frankie: Ready!
Johnny: He's a really great guy.
Tim: I'm sure.
Johnny: He just found out he was gay a couple of months ago.
Tim: Well, I'll look him up in the directory. Under the new entries.
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Soundtracks

DANGEROUS ON THE DANCE FLOOR
Written by John E. Mandell and Charles L. Jordan
Performed by Musto de Bones
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet/RCA Records
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Overlooked.
10 December 1998 | by Peach-2See all my reviews

This film has been overlooked by everyone I know and to me it was one of the best movies of 1991. I didn't think the chemistry between Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer would be any good, but their on-screen romance was very enchanting. Garry Marshall did a great job directing this movie and Terrence McNally translated his play to screen beautifully. All the characters in this movie could have had a film of their own. My favorite character is Nathan Lane's portrayal of the gay neighbor. Lane is very funny and I love the way his character encourages Pfeiffer's character to fall in love. Falling in love can be dangerous, exciting, scary and blissful all in one night. This movie captures love in a way that made me feel really good.


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