Sep 11

Film review – Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Film review – Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Frankie And Johnny

Rating: 10/10

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane, Kate Nelligan, Jane Morris, Greg Lewis, Al Fann, Ele Keats, Fernando López

Directed by: Gary Marshall

Review: Film review – Frankie and Johnny (1991) – Frankie and Johnny is the title of a popular American Song. Terrence McNally who wrote an off broadway play about it, wrote the screen play for this. It has the feel of a play and that’s no bad thing.

For me this is a modern day classic, romance in films is usually way over done but here its not. The two lead characters are very ordinary New Yorkers. Al Pacino plays the optimistic, romantic chef who is attracted to Michelle Pfeiffers hard nosed, cynical waitress. He chases her hard and she resists just as hard.

Admittedly its a little hard to look at Pfeiffer as an ordinary waitress stunningly beautiful as she is and I guess some women might think the same about Pacino but getting past that isn’t difficult. Pacino and Pfeiffer play their parts beautifully, the script is intelligent and the direction is light and skillful. The rest of the cast do a beautiful job of enriching the atmosphere. In the film a radio DJ says “god how I wish you two really existed” and that’s what this film is about. The dream that two ordinary people can connect and fall in love, no holds barred.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_and_Johnny_%281991_film%29

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101912/

Amazon: Buy it