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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny
... Frankie
... Nick
... Tim
... Cora
... Nedda
... Tino
... Luther
... Artemis
Fernando López ... Jorge
... Peter
... Lester
Harvey Miller ... Mr. Rosen
... Bobby
Goldie McLaughlin ... Waitress Helen
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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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You never choose love. Love chooses you.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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11 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,773,535
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's source play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" by Terrence McNally opened Off-Broadway on 2nd June 1987 at Stage II of the Manhattan Theatre Club where it ran for just two weeks until the middle of the month. In this opening season, Frankie and Johnny were played by Kathy Bates and F. Murray Abraham. The play then re-opened on 14th October 14 1987 at Stage I where it played for six weeks with actor Kenneth Welsh replacing Abraham. 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

Mr. Rosen: [to Johnny as he leaves prison] New York City can be a real dangerous, hostile place.
Johnny: It'll be a nice change.
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Referenced in Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

SLANG YO THANG
Written by Robert Tillis and Johnny Martinez
Performed by The Rhythm
Courtesy of WTG Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A romantic, popcorn-and-wilted-roses kind of comedy-drama...
25 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

You have to give the filmmakers credit: they did attempt to deglamorize Michelle Pfeiffer to fit into Kathy Bates' off-Broadway role of a waitress with no prospects who finds herself attracted to the new cook at the restaurant. Michelle's innate sparkle manages to shine through the dowdy clothes and plain-Jane appearance, and yet the miraculous thing is, her casting doesn't hurt the movie and her performance is one of the best things about "Frankie and Johnny". Pfeiffer and Al Pacino are a good screen match, and if they don't especially resemble the characters they're playing, they at least don't throw the tone out of whack (this is a Garry Marshall movie after all, so it's bound to have a bumpy narrative). Terrence McNally's play was about hard truths and sex on a low income; this is a big, charming commercial comedy-drama, directed with energy but no real flair. Pacino lays on the Prince Charming-pizazz a bit heavily, and Nathan Lane works overtime at being adorable as the proverbial gay best friend, but it certainly isn't a bad movie. It works on a certain level, even if it doesn't resemble reality or the original play. *** from ****


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