Johnny on his release from his jail joins the restaurant where Frankie works. Johnny discovered his talent for cooking when in jail. Love at first sight bites Johnny on seeing Frankie. He makes direct attempts to get her heart. But deep a wound in Frankie's heart would not let her give her heart to Johnny. Johnny's divorced wife and kids have moved to a new world of a different person. Frankie opens up her tragic story and Johnny promises to be with her in difficult times.Written by
Thejus Joseph Jose
Al Pacino almost worked with director Garry Marshall the previous year on Pretty Woman (1990). He auditioned for the Edward Lewis role and even read with Julia Roberts before deciding to inexplicably back out. Marshall remembered his audition then and offered him the lead role here. See more »
When Johnny surprises Frankie during league night at the bowling alley, he brings a handball to attempt a two-pin split pickup (long shot). When the ball bounces softly off the ten pin (close-up shot), there are three pins set up. See more »
So, how about you? Do you ever want to kill yourself sometimes?
Yeah, everybody wants to kill themselves sometime.
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Very pleasant love-story that wouldn't have been this good without the great performances by Pacino and Pfeiffer. Pacino is the cook with the romantic heart who just got out of jail (of course he wasn't a real criminal) starts working in a Greek restaurant and falls in love with Pfeiffer, the waitress, who just wants to watch videos and eat pizza after a few bad love-experiences. Pacino has to do a lot (read Romeo & Juliet, dance like a madman, chop vegetables and be very patient) to win her love and is finally helped by the sound of Debussy's 'Claire de Lune'.
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