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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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Gregory Nava

Writer:

Tina Andrews
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Zola Taylor
Vivica A. Fox ... Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters
Lela Rochon ... Emira Eagle
Larenz Tate ... Frankie Lymon
Paul Mazursky ... Morris Levy
Pamela Reed ... Judge Lambrey
Alexis Cruz ... Herman Santiago
David Barry Gray ... Peter Markowitz
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Young Little Richard (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Clifton Powell ... Lawrence Roberts
Lane Smith ... Ezra Grahme
Ben Vereen ... Richard Barrett
Paula Jai Parker ... Paula King
Marcello Thedford ... Drug Dealer
Norris Young Norris Young ... Jimmy
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Storyline

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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widow | doo wop | singer | estate | money | See All (70) »

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Based on a true story of love, music and money. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$12,413,650, 1 November 1998
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Rhino Films,Warner Bros. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Tina Andrews wrote the original script, the part of Frankie Lymon was first offered to Michael Jackson. 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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Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters: I loved Frankie! And yes, I would have done aynthing, ANYTHING to save his life!
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Accurate Biography? Who knows? Entertaining film? You Betcha!
17 August 2006 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE? is a supremely entertaining biopic of the young singer Frankie Lyman, which unfolds in a clever variation on the traditional flashback form of storytelling. The film opens with three women arriving at Frankie's former manager's office after his death, trying to claim his estate, all claiming to be the legal widow of Lyman and it is during the trial to determine which of these ladies is Lyman's legal widow where Frankie's story unfolds. As with all movie biographies, you never know how much you're watching is based on fact and what has been enhanced or diluted for dramatic effect. In this screenplay, Frankie is a charismatic young singer, who apparently had no problem charming women out of their clothes and their money, the latter of which apparently went to support his drug habit. Frankie's drug use is somewhat glossed over and the screenplay tends to concentrate more on Frankie's manipulative ways with these three women and how he, at one time or another, managed to convince all three of them that there were the only women in the world. Baby-faced Larenz Tate plays Frankie with a sincerity and sexiness that possibly oversells Frankie's real womanizing, but he manages to keep Frankie likable despite some of the slimy things he does. The three women in Frankie's life are well played by Halle Berry, Viveca A. Fox, and Lela Rochon, with Fox a standout in probably the best performance of her career. The musical sequences are troublesome...Tate works hard at lip-syncing authentically, but I never bought the lip-syncing in the film...all of the musical sequences in the film come off sounding "canned." Still, Tate and the ladies commit to their roles and do make the movie worth watching. I don't know how accurate the film is as a biography of Frankie Lyman, but it is a very entertaining film that will effortlessly hold interest.


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