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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

When Frankie and Johnny first attempt to sleep with each other, Frankie is seen trying to remove her left shoe with her bare right foot. The right shoe is shown on the bed, already off. In the next shot, Johnny is taking the right shoe off. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: [shows Johnny a scar on her neck] The man I was with... he did this with a belt buckle. He's the reason I can't have kids. He, uh... he knocked me around while I was... pregnant.
[begins crying]
Frankie: I lost the baby.
Johnny: [gently kisses the scar] It's gone.
Frankie: It'll never be gone.
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Connections

References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

UNTIL YOU LET GO
Written by Marvin Hamlisch, David Zippel and Peter Beckett
Performed by Peter Beckett and Jeanette Clinger
Produced by David Holman
Peter Beckett performs courtesy of Cure Records
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Do you believe?
16 March 2004 | by FreddaSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I fell in love. The second time around, I was already in love, watching it with my love who also fell in love and now we're all in love. All because of this movie.

Set in New York, the movie deals with loneliness, different ways of coping or letting go, it deals with love, the yearning for it and also the fear of it, this magical feeling you almost don't dare hope for. The simple but genuine approach to these important themes makes the story stand out and makes you want to believe, because deep inside you already do.

You can tell the movie is based on a play, primarily because of the special atmosphere created by the careful progression of the story, scene by scene, not to mention the wonderful and individual characters we get acquainted with. Both Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino make outstanding performances and the on screen chemistry between the two is perfect.

This is an absolute must see for all you dreamers out there, and if you ever come across the play, you probably should check that out as well. Remember, the elephant must face the window and a VCR will never be a substitute for love. Sit down with this movie, and I promise you, from the first shot of the Greyhound accompanied by Terence Trent D'Arby's wonderful title track, you'll never want it to end.


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