Frankie & Johnny
Frankie & Johnny (1991)

Based on a popular off-Broadway play by Terrence McNally, this drama chronicles the bittersweet romance between an ex-con who gets a job slinging hash at a local greasy spoon and the misanthropic plain-Jane waitress who works there.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 1991
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chuck O'Leary

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.

Rich Cline
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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A convincing anatomy of urban loneliness.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

An adult vision of two complicated people converging, finding an ointment but not a cure for the ways in which they have been hurt.

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Fred Topel

Good character study of simple people

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Splendid film version of the play. Intelligently done.

Michael Dequina

The two A-List actors are definitely on their A game here, erasing most notions of miscasting through the passion of performance.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

An okay romantic comedy. A bit on the slow side.

Scott Weinberg

Star-power overcomes staginess in this surprisingly warm romance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
Nice classic
Panta Oz
I never had a chance to write anything about this film directed by Garry Marshall before. But after watching after so many years ago I really enjoyed Al Pacino… More
Leigh Ryan
John Ballantine
Excellent depiction of why love is blocked by the toll that existence sometimes takes on us.
Cameron Johnson
So, Al Pacino's Johnny character is a poor, middle-aged homely dude who has to work as a short-order cook and begins a relationship with a waitress who has… More
Mike T.
One of the most enjoyable, intelligent and well-acted romantic comedies I've ever seen. The themes are unusually potent for a film of this genre, and… More