Frankie and Johnny (1991)


“[after repeated phone calls from Johnny] Excuse me, Johnny, I’ve got to hang up. We’re expecting a call from you any minute ” – Tim

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A released convict gets a job as a short order cook in a diner and falls in love with one of the waitresses.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had heard about over the years, but never got around to seeing despite it’s very recognizable leads.

This is a romantic drama that has a slightly unique premise which helps it work.

The biggest problem here IMHO is the casting of Al Pacino as the male lead. He just doesn’t have the right chemistry with co-star Michelle Pfeiffer and parts comes across as seeming very unrealistic.  Parts of his scenes he plays too over the top which also takes away from real impact of it all.

The story itself moves along at a nice pace and lets us warm up to the characters as they warm up to one another.

Nathan Lane has a great supporting role here and he easily steals every scene he is in and shows everyone how talented a comedian he can be due to his perfect timing of one-liners.

The characters are quite enjoyable to watch as they slowly transform over the course of the film which helps make things a bit more believable.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works despite the fact that the chemistry between Pacino and Pfeiffer isn’t what it should be. The story moves along at a nice pace and as the characters start to warm up to one another, we get to warm up to them.  Lane steals every scene he is in and shows how great his timing is when doing one liners. The characters are enjoyable to watch as they slowly change over the course of the film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One scene called for actor Al Pacino to be surprised after opening a door. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) was filming in a nearby studio, so director Garry Marshall arranged for William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, in full costume, to be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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