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Frankie and Johnny

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Garry Marshall

In this adaptation of Terrence McNally's play, Johnny (Al Pacino), an ex-con turned short order cook, woos Frankie (Michelle Pfeiffer), a reluctant plain jane waitress. Set in a dingy Manhattan diner, the story revolves around Johnny's eager, won't-stop-at-anything … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Comedies
Cast: Nathan Lane
Director: Garry Marshall
Release Date: 1991
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Frankie and Johnny

Frankie & Johnny were lovers, mmm baby how they could love

  • Sep 18, 2000
Pros: Great works between these two actors

Cons: ..........

Frankie (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the loneliest woman in the world. She sits in her tawdry apartment and watches life pass her by from her window. She leads a no where life at a no where job. From her lonely window in her lonely life she watches a beautiful blonde lead an equally lonely life with her older paramour; a lonely middle-aged couple who sit together in their loneliness and never speak; a lonely woman living a lonely existence at her abusive husbands hands. These are the things that set the boundaries of Frankie's life.

Johnny (Al Pacino) is the loneliest man in the world. He is fresh from a term in prison for check forgery. While most make a turn for the worse, his incarceration has turned him into a viable person. He loves Shakespeare. He loves cooking. He is desperate to find his soulmate. He leads a no where life at a no where job. He looks out at the world through bleak eyes pleading for some relief from him unbearable loneliness. These are the things that set the boundaries of Johnny's life.

Hector Elizondo runs the greasy spoon diner in need of a cook. He is the fly paper that attracts the flies - Frankie & Johnny. He hires Johnny on merit alone, because he possesses a good face.

Over the greasy counter Johnny woos the reluctant Frankie. There is nothing pretty about their relationship or their courting process. There is nothing pretty about their life. We aren't served the beautiful people up on a platter for observation, they don't have jewels, they don't have furs. They are plain and inconsequential in their longing for happiness.

When they finally consummate their relationship, Frankie is left in fear of commitment, Johnny in fear of rejection. Rather than ruin an otherwise perfect friendship, they separate, hiding their true feelings. How the story continues will be your observation, not mine.

Michelle Pfeiffer, generally portrayed as a ‘beautiful person' in her roles appears very lackluster and plain in this movie. Her very demeanor is orchestrated by her appearance - stringy, unkept hair, sans make-up, misfit clothes, a cheap pair of shoes. It is her tawdriness that makes her role believable. Al Pacino plays Al Pacino. Ya can't make a silk purse outta a sows ear, no matter how hard you try! A wonderful actor that gets a chance to use a little comedy for a change.

Hector Elizondo is probably one of my most favorite actors. He always seems just so clean - that is the only word I can think for him. He is an honest actor that applies himself to his roles and always gives a clear performance.

Of course, the killer in the movie was the endearing Nathan Lane as Pfeiffer's neighbor. He whirled, he twirled, he primped and prodded and fluffed and flitted! He was wonderful!

It's a complacent love story, yeah another of those chick flicks, but hey, I'm a chick, give me a break. If you've ever wanted anyone so badly in your life that your teeth hurt to think about them, then this is the bad boy for you. It makes your heart ache, and I'll never be able to hear Clair de Lune again without thinking of Frankie and Johnny sitting on that windowsill, brushing their teeth and watching the sun rise over New York. MMMMMMM - Frankie & Johnny were lovers, Oh, baby, how they could love


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