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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,768,177, 14 October 1991

Gross USA:

$22,773,535

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

The football team on the poster behind Nick when Johnny enters the restaurant for the first time is PAOK from Thessaloniki, Greece, with a double-headed eagle as its emblem. 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

[repeated line]
Johnny: Pardon my French.
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Connections

Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
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Pacino and Pfeiffer ignite the screen again...
7 December 2005 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

After their brief encounter in SCARFACE, Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer were reunited for FRANKIE AND JOHNNY, a charming romantic comedy about an ex-con hired to work at a restaurant where he falls in love with one of the waitresses there. I absolutely love this move...Pacino has rarely been more sexy and appealing on screen and no matter how much they tried to make her look like a Plain Jane, Michelle Pfeiffer is just beautiful and also gives a very affecting performance as the repressed Frankie, afraid to release the love she has to give due to a troubled romantic past. Pacino and Pfeiffer make the most of a clever script, buoyed by Garry Marshall's sure-footed direction and solid comic support from Nathan Lane, Kate Nelligan (hysterically funny as another waitress at the restaurant) and Marshall's good luck charm, Hector Elizondo, as the restaurant owner. A warm romantic comedy with an unexpectedly quiet denouement.


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