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Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Director:
Garry Marshall

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Romance/Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Frankie and Johnny

RUNNING TIME
118 minutes

Producer:
Garry Marshall

Screenwriter:
Terrence McNally


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Johnny Al Pacino ½
Frankie Michelle Pfeiffer
Nick Héctor Elizondo ½
Tim Nathan Lane
Cora Kate Nelligan
Nedda Jane Morris -
Tino Greg Lewis -
Luther Al Fann -
Artemis Ele Keats -
Jorge Fernando López -

 

Review

Calling this a romantic comedy is a little misleading, since the bits and pieces of comedy in here are very downplayed – and also quite tasteful, I should add. Frankie and Johnny is more of a romantic drama, a low-key look at a slice of city life and the ordinary working-class people populating it. The well-written, authentic characters are the film's best achievement, thanks both to playwright Terrence McNally's script, Gerry Marshall's unimpeding direction and fine performances by Al Pacino and, particularly, Michelle Pfeiffer. This was back at a time when Pacino was actually still acting, and so his Johnny is both sympathetic and layered, even if he's somewhat of a nuisance. His counterpart, Pfeiffer's Frankie, has got depth enough to keep this story interesting for two hours, even when the film is not actually going anywhere and you realize that the final half is a slow, taxing build-up to an uneventful, cliched finale. Nathan Lane is great as Pfeiffer's gay neighbour.

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