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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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Three different women married Frankie Lymon. Now as they fight to get a piece of his millions, They will have to prove who married him first and who loved him most. 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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Company Credits

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Rhino Films, Warner Bros. See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The dog that is dropped out of the window also appeared in As Good as It Gets (1997). 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

Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters: I loved Frankie! And yes, I would have done aynthing, ANYTHING to save his life!
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Connections

References What's My Line? (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant
Produced by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott)
Co-produced by Gerard Thomas and Donald "Lenny" Holmes
Performed by Gina Thompson featuring Mocha
Gina Thompson appears courtesy East West Records/Elekta Entertainment Group
Mocha appears courtesy The Gold Mind, Inc./Elektra Entertainment Group
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I liked this movie
25 October 1999 | by Roger-81See all my reviews

I don't believe this movie didn't do better in the ratings. I thought it was clever and entertaining. Halle Berry is beautiful and Larenz Tate was engaging as Frankie Lymon. Again, Gregory Nava is a director to watch for. I didn't realize he also did Selena and that was a movie I also enjoyed. Nothing heavy or slick, no action, fires, explosions, just good story telling about characters and their relationships with one another.


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