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Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

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Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zola Taylor
... Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters
... Emira Eagle
... Frankie Lymon
... Morris Levy
... Judge Lambrey
... Herman Santiago
... Peter Markowitz
... Young Little Richard (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
... Lawrence Roberts
... Ezra Grahme
... Richard Barrett
... Paula King
... Drug Dealer
Norris Young ... Jimmy
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In the mid-1980s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager Morris Levy. One is a singer from Los Angeles, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philadelphia; one teaches high school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow of long-dead doo-wop singer-songwriter Frankie Lyman, and each wants years of royalties due to his estate, money Levy has never shared. During an ensuing civil trial, flashbacks tell the story of each one's life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three widows come together and establish their own bond. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The story of three very different women.....with one husband in common. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,946,382, 30 August 1998, Wide Release

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$12,413,650, 1 November 1998
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Halle Berry and Lela Rochon previously worked together in Boomerang (1992) though they did not share any screen time together. See more »

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When the scenes changes to Lamberton Prison in 1985, Diana Ross' version of "Why Do Fools" is more than once referred to as a new hit, when in fact, it was released in 1981. See more »

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Emira Eagle: Maybe there were three separate Frankies, and each of us got a piece.
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References American Graffiti (1973) See more »

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Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Written by Frankie Lymon and Morris Levy
Performed by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/EMI Records UK Ltd.
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The Melodramatic Bio-Picture: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
5 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1998) was an interesting picture about the troubled life of Frankie Lymon. Three women claiming to be his wife are in court to fight over his meager estate. Gregory Nava (fresh off of SELENA) does a better job in capturing the lost soul that was Frankie Lymon. But he just scratches the surface of this very bizarre and complicated individual. Larenz Tate does one hell of a job in the role of Frankie. His wives (Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon) are very good in their roles. An entertaining film that I wished was more in depth.

A good start but it needs to be fleshed out some more. Maybe Mr. Nava should have focused more on the group when they were younger and rising through the top of the charts. A younger actor would have been helpful as well (Frankie Lymon was a small dude). But the film wasn't all that bad, they even showed us a side of Mr. Lymon I never even knew existed. Not an offensive film, just a nice timer waster.

Recommended.


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