Frankie & Johnny
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Terrence McNally's stage play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune was a two-character piece, which starred Kathy Bates and F. Murray Abraham on Broadway. Garry Marshall's film version of the McNally play streamlines the title to Frankie and Johnny, expands the dramatis personae to include at least a dozen fascinating characters, and "glamorizes" the decidedly unglamorous Frankie and Johnny in the forms of Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino (their first co-starring stint since Scarface). Purists carped at the changes, but overall the film is likeable enough to transcend these… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"An absolutely delightful and tender romantic comedy. Succeeds so well because of the great, very real performances by the two leads and writer Terrence McNally's smart, often hilarious dialogue."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A convincing anatomy of urban loneliness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An adult vision of two complicated people converging, finding an ointment but not a cure for the ways in which they have been hurt."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Good character study of simple people"
‑ Fred Topel,
"Splendid film version of the play. Intelligently done."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The two A-List actors are definitely on their A game here, erasing most notions of miscasting through the passion of performance."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"An okay romantic comedy. A bit on the slow side."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Star-power overcomes staginess in this surprisingly warm romance."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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