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Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2003)

R | | Comedy | 8 November 2003 (USA)
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Television director and producer Michael Pressman mounts a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune starring his wife, Lisa Chess. But their attempts to stage the play and work... See full summary »

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Michael Pressman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pressman ... Michael Pressman
Lisa Chess Lisa Chess ... Lisa Chess
Alan Rosenberg ... Alan Rosenberg
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Murray Mintz
Jillian Armenante ... Cynthia
Morgan Nagler ... Sally
Ann Hearn ... Constance
Maury Sterling ... Roger
Hector Elizondo ... Hector Elizondo
Linda Klein Linda Klein ... 'Chicago Hope' Paramedic
Debra Magit Debra Magit ... Mother
Jerry Levine ... Jerry Levine
Alice West Alice West ... Alice West
James Aaron Oliver ... Billy the Assistant (as James Oliver)
Ken Lerner ... Rob the Production Manager
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Storyline

Television director and producer Michael Pressman mounts a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune starring his wife, Lisa Chess. But their attempts to stage the play and work on their marriage, keep running afoul, and everything's threatened by their difficult male lead, Alan Rosenberg. Michael's best hope, as a husband and producer, is to step into the character that Alan has abandoned.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and brief drug use
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,740, 30 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,900, 27 June 2004
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Company Credits

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Ridea Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Connections

References Looking for Richard (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnny
Arranged and Performed by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
By Arrangement with BMG Entertainment and ABKCO Records
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A wonderful film about staying real, human, and loving in the face of life's unexpected challenges
28 May 2004 | by EronatSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful film about staying real, human, and loving in the face of life's unexpected challenges. It's also an amusing, tender, non-sappy, very human- scale, look at the emotional turmoil of rehearsing and staging a live theater production on a small budget. Lisa Chess and Michael Pressman bring warmth and genuine heart to this fictionalized true story, playing themselves as actress and director of a stage production of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune that turns into an unmitigated disaster. Alan Rosenberg is brilliant as the renegade actor who subverts the entire production.

One sub-plot -- what is it like for a man to direct his attractive wife doing nude sex scenes with an actor who has the real-life hots for her and doesn't believe in following the rules -- is particularly intriguing. The film opens in very limited distribution in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco in June. Catch it while you can.


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