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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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Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer took on the role of the emotionally fragile waitress in part to work with Al Pacino again after having filmed Scarface (1983) with him nearly a decade before. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny and Cora have just finished having sex, there is a shot of Cora looking down on Johnny with her hair very disheveled, and her make up all undone, and she looks very hot and bothered. The scene cuts to Johnny on the bed for a few seconds, then back to Cora whose face and hair now suddenly looks completely redone, her make up is fine, her hair is beautifully in place, and she looks totally calm and cool. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: I don't date, by choice.
Tim: Too bad, because I love your choices. We went from Mr. Abuse You to Mr. Use You, plus a Christmas fling with a cross-dresser that I blew the whistle on, thank you very much.
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Referenced in Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2003) See more »

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THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
Written by George Kooymans and Barry Hay
Performed by Golden Earring
Courtesy of Red Bullet International
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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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