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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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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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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 casting of Michelle Pfeiffer was met with some negativity as many felt the actress was too beautiful to play such a damaged and plain character. However, while the film wasn't an enormous hit, Pfeiffer's performance was widely-praised and the actress was nominated for a Golden Globe as a result. 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

Johnny: Raw eggs, coming up!
Frankie: Not raw! Runny!
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Connections

References Old Yeller (1957) 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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Love this film
7 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watch this movie over and over and never tire of it. Each time I notice more nuance. A great exploration of despair and hope, of class consciousness, and true eartly aliveness. Poignant and honest.

Michelle plays a depressed soul, beaten down who has given up completely. And Pacino is a beaten down battered ex-con, who somehow, has held onto "the dream". Nathan Lane is great - It's romantic, poignant, funny, sad, ecstatic. I love the last scene so much. What more can I say?? Don't miss this film - it's a treat.

Nancy Mehegan, Montclair, NJ


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