Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1991. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune. Cinematography by Dante Spinotti. Produced by Garry Marshall. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Rosanna Norton. Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, Battle Davis. Golden Globe Awards 1991. National Board of Review Awards 1991. New York Film Critics Awards 1991.
This enjoyable drama is based on Terrence McNally’s play Frankie and Johnny In The Claire De Lune, about an overworked diner waitress (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is romanced by the short-order cook (Al Pacino) who works with her. While Pfeiffer is a ridiculously glamorous choice for the role (it was played by Kathy Bates on the stage), she still manages to put across a low-key beauty that never interrupts her ability to give a terrific, finely-tuned dramatic performance. The supporting characters (invented for the film version) are all so well written and real that the main romance feels even more natural, all the elements combining to make a fabulous little treat for any movie lover to enjoy. Kate Nelligan is especially good as a foul-mouthed fellow waitress.