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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes of the film where Michelle Pfeiffer observes the lives of some of her neighbors through the courtyard windows alludes to Rear Window (1954) and may be a tribute to director Alfred Hitchcock by "Frankie and Johnny" director Garry Marshall as this was not in the original Broadway play script. 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

Cora: It didn't SEEM like you came! I mean, usually a guy'll moan or somethin', you didn't even clear your throat!
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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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Realism at it's best
13 October 1998 | by CineMan-8See all my reviews

Frankie and Johnny is one of the best love stories in the history of cinema. The scipt is excellent and all the performances are superb. Pacino and Pfeiifer seem to be made for each other, while all the supporting roles are equally impressive.But the most important element of this picture is that it is truly realistic. We can at last identify ourselves in this movie. It's a movie about real people not about cinderella-like characters that once thay find love are happy. Frankie and Johnny fall in love but can't stop being hurt by this love. They are two every day characters that live in today's world and face their lives and problems with realism. With a pessimistic mood Frankie refuses to fall in love as she is afraid she'll get hurt, while Johnny thinks that the only thing that can give a tone of optimism and satisfaction in his life is Frankie. In short. Frankie and Johnny is a delightful picture that no one should miss.


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