Frankie & Johnny

Released 1991


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Garry Marshall
Frankie & Johnny is a romantic drama with comedic undertones. The movie was released in 1991 and was directed by Garry Marshall. In this film, Johnny (Al Pacino) is an ex-con who was just released from prison. In need of a job, Johnny catches a break when he lands a job at a small diner as a short-order cook. Already employed at the restaurant is pretty Frankie (Michelle Pfeiffer), a lonely girl who has just escaped an abusive relationship. Johnny is instantly physically and emotionally drawn to Frankie. But, Frankie is in no place to begin a new relationship, especially with an ex-con like Johnny. She initially rebuffs all of Johnny's romantic gestures. Johnny, however, is not the type to give up easily. Johnny is determined that Frankie is the woman he needs to turn things around. Can Johnny convince Frankie to give an ex-con a chance at love, or will Frankie be to damaged physically and emotionally to give love a chance at all?moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Last time, director Garry Marshall gave us the fairy tale with Pretty Woman. This time, he gets the story right. [11 Oct 1991, p.1D]

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Frankie & Johnny manages to work as a sudsy romantic picture about big city loneliness despite an awkward performance by Al Pacino in the role of a hash-house dispenser of wisdom.

  • 75

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    The lead roles are played by Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. They're the reasons this movie works. Despite itself. [11 Oct 1991, p.G5]

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Comedy, Drama