Frankie and Johnny [1966]

Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) directs the screen adaptation of Terence McNally's play Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune, the story of a short-order cook (Al Pacino) who drives a waitress (Michelle Pfeiffer) crazy with his adamant courtship and mixed messages. The film is okay and not much more than that, the major stumbling block being Marshall's failure to scrub away enough star veneer on Pacino and Pfeiffer to accept them as minimum-wage drones with nowhere to go but toward each other. Fortunately, Marshall's feel for the texture offered by supporting players--Hector Elizondo as a café owner, Nathan Lane as Pfeiffer's inevitably gay neighbor-buddy, Kate Nelligan as another lonely waitress--keeps things interesting enough. --Tom Keogh

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Princess Zolita:
The leaves are ready to speak.

Cully:
No lemon?

Gypsy:
The tea leaves have spoken.

Princess Zolita:
If you do not mind, I work alone!

Cully:
What do they spell, Mother?

Princess Zolita:
How lucky you are, the wheel of fortune has stopped at your number.

Johnny:
A wheel? That's roulette.

Princess Zolita:
And I see a dice table, too.

Cully:
No blackjack? This boy plays all games.

Princess Zolita:
And a new woman is coming into your life. A beautiful, young redhead.

Johnny:
It can't be a redhead, Princess. My girl's a blonde. Take another look.

Princess Zolita:
Now I see a blonde. Oh, but she has been bad luck for you. The tea leaves say... you will have good luck with the redhead.

Cully:
I know better, I married one. Take the advice of a 20-year loser, no redheads.

Princess Zolita:
He must not defy the tea leaves.

Cully:
How are you going to explain her to Frankie?

Johnny:
Why explain? We'll just use her to make a bundle.

Cully:
You're going to pass off a beautiful redhead as a good-luck piece? Good luck.

Gypsy:
If, uh, if I may be so crude.

Johnny:
Oh, sure.

Gypsy:
If you please. The princess never soils her royal hands with money. $10? When the tea leaves promise a beautiful redhead, it is $20.

Cully:
A lot of money for a cup of tea. That's a gypsy for you. Takes all your dough so you can't take her advice.

Princess Zolita:
Minor problems like that I cannot solve.

Cully:
Maybe you can get another advance from Braden.

Johnny:
Not a chance. I'm already in for five weeks' salary.

Cully:
That you lost right back into his pocket. Braden's got a nice little thing going there.

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