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Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

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Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

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Gregory Nava

Writer:

Tina Andrews
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Zola Taylor
Vivica A. Fox ... Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters
Lela Rochon ... Emira Eagle
Larenz Tate ... Frankie Lymon
Paul Mazursky ... Morris Levy
Pamela Reed ... Judge Lambrey
Alexis Cruz ... Herman Santiago
David Barry Gray ... Peter Markowitz
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Young Little Richard (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Clifton Powell ... Lawrence Roberts
Lane Smith ... Ezra Grahme
Ben Vereen ... Richard Barrett
Paula Jai Parker ... Paula King
Marcello Thedford ... Drug Dealer
Norris Young Norris Young ... Jimmy
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Storyline

In the mid-1980s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager Morris Levy. One is a singer from Los Angeles, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philadelphia; one teaches high school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow of long-dead doo-wop singer-songwriter Frankie Lyman, and each wants years of royalties due to his estate, money Levy has never shared. During an ensuing civil trial, flashbacks tell the story of each one's life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three widows come together and establish their own bond. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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widow | doo wop | singer | estate | money | See All (70) »

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The story of three very different women.....with one husband in common. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Why Do Fools Fall in Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,946,382, 30 August 1998

Gross USA:

$12,461,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,461,773
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Rhino Films, Warner Bros. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Tina Andrews wrote the original script, the part of Frankie Lymon was first offered to Michael Jackson. See more »

Goofs

Elizabeth Waters testified in court that she first met Frankie in 1961, but in the flashback to their first meeting, the music playing on the department store stereo is "Walk On The Wild Side", not released in 1962. See more »

Quotes

Frankie Lymon: [grabs Zola as she enters backstage and kisses her] Baby, you are one fine thing.
Zola Taylor: [slaps Frankie]
Young Little Richard: Ooh! Ouch! You want me to get you some ice?
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Keep a Knockin
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A different kind of biopic
29 June 1999 | by Al-164See all my reviews

"Why do fools fall in love" is the story of music legend Frankie Lymon, a 13 year old kid who brought Rock n' roll to middle America before anyone else in the 50's, and then as his voice changed he vanished from public life and into a world of junkies and has-beens. Several years after his death when the song he made famous, "Why do fools fall in love", became popular again 3 women all claiming to be his wife fought for the royalties. This is different from the standard rock biopic. It's told from 3 different perspectives, hence we see 3 different Frankies, all charming and talented, none satisfied or honest. You might keep away from this movie because it's from the director of the awful Selena, but dont. It's a little glossy but all honestly told and very well played, especially by Vivica A. Fox. Great twist ending too.


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