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Frankie and Johnny


Roger Davidson

Frankie and Johnny
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A real gem of a film, this stars Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in the title roles. Pacino is a recently released convict, who becomes a short-order cook and falls in love with waitress Pfeiffer, who doesn't want to get into a serious relationship with Pacino. Among the friends that try to advise them on love and happiness, there is the cynical waitress Cora (Kate Nelligan), Pfeiffer's gay roommate Tim (Nathan Lane) and the owner of the restaurant, Nick (Hector Elizondo).

The two lead performers overcome their obvious miscastings as two hard-on-their-luck souls, and come out offering very appealing performances. The standout is Nelligan, who is consistently coming up with dead-on one-liners. The love story is as old as the hills, but that doesn't stop it from still being very charming.

My Rating = Three Stars

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