Why Do Fools Fall in Love?


1h 55m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Three women fight over the estate of famed singer Frankie Lymon, each claiming they were married to him at the time of his death.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Music
Musical
Romance
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Synopsis

True story of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon. In 1956, Frankie scores a huge hit with title song, only to fall rapidly into obscurity, drug addiction and death of an overdose at age 25. After his death three women come forward to claim his estate royalties. They tell their stories in court. The first, Zola, is the singer of the Platters, whom he dated for a while. Next, Elizabeth, who is a shoplifter, testifies to having met and married Frankie. Then Zola returns to the scene and he marries her too. Frankie is drafted into the army, absconds, and marries schoolteacher Emira in Georgia before being discovered by MPs. Eventually, back in the present, the warring widows come together and bond over their shared situation.

Crew

Mark Allan

Unit Production Manager

Mark Allan

Executive Producer

Tina Andrews

Screenplay

Steve Ankele

Office Assistant

Bob Baban

Key Grip

Anna Baltimore

Medic

Cheryl Beasley-blackwell

Costume Supervisor

Elisabetta Beraldo

Costume Designer

Michael Bernard

Set Designer

Harold Bronson

Executive Producer

Christopher S Brooks

Music Supervisor

Veda Campbell

Sound Mixer

Reuben Cannon

Casting Director

Jackie J Carr

Set Decorator

John Chichester

Art Director

Kristin Claiborne

Assistant

Russell Clark

Choreographer

David Crvelin

Assistant Art Director

John Deblau

Gaffer

Edward Dunlop

Casting Associate

Steve Ellsworth

Costumes

Bridgette Ferry

Set Costumer

Cheryl Li Fong

Production Associate

Bruce Franklin

Assistant Director

Bruce Franklin

Associate Producer

Derek Freda

Other

Primrose Y Fukuchi

Assistant Production Accountant

David M. Garber

Visual Effects Supervisor

Kirk Gardner

Camera Operator

Kirk Gardner

Steadicam Operator

Serge Genitempo

Other

Wendy Goldfisher

Accountant

Jason S. Gondek

Accounting Assistant

Nicola Goode

Photography

Jane E. Graves

Assistant Location Manager

Paul Hall

Producer

Francisco Hernandez

Other

Teri Anne Kopp

Assistant Property Master

Edward Lachman

Director Of Photography

Steven M Levine

Property Master

Lanette Little

Set Costumer

Sandra Lizaola

Accounting Assistant

Frankie Lymon

Song Performer

Frankie Lymon

Song

Barbara Martinez

Production Supervisor

Ray Maxwell

Construction Coordinator

Ravi Mehta

Production Accountant

George J A Meldrum

Props

Sandra Middleton

Assistant Director

Wayne Middleton

Location Manager

Cheryl A Miller

Production Associate

Gregory Nava

Executive Producer

Stephen Nemeth

Producer

Kofi Oliver

Office Assistant

Christina Papadakis

Costumes

Mark Peters

Other

Peter Rathje

Medic

Jane Richardone

Casting Associate

Nancy Richardson

Editor

Deborah Ricketts

Artistic Advisor

Mark Sanchez

Makeup

Clare Scarpulla

Set Designer

Mark Schouton

Other

Charlie Scott

Craft Service

Abigail Sheiner

Art Department Coordinator

Tony Stewart

Effects Assistant

Stephen James Taylor

Music

Jeffrey Valdez

Props

Kathleen Walker

Hair Stylist

Cary White

Production Designer

W A White

Props

Ron Wilkinson

Assistant Art Director

Andy Wombwell

Other

Mira L Zavidowsky

Assistant Costume Designer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Music
Musical
Romance
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Articles

Lane Smith (1936-2005)


Lane Smith, a veteran character actor of stage, screen and television, and who was best known to modern viewers as Perry White on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, died on June 13 at his Los Angeles home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is more commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 69.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee on April 29, 1936, Smith had a desire to act from a very young age. After a brief stint in the Army, he moved to New York to study at the Actors Studio and made his debut on off-Broadway debut in 1959. For the next 20 years, Smith was a staple of the New York stage before sinking his teeth into television: Kojak, The Rockford Files, Dallas; and small parts in big films: Rooster Cogburn (1975), Network (1976).

In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles to focus on better film roles, and his toothy grin and southern drawl found him a niche in backwoods dramas: Resurrection (1980), Honeysuckle Rose (1980); and a prominent role as the feisty Mayor in the dated Cold War political yarn Red Dawn (1984).

Smith returned to New York in 1984 and scored a hit on Broadway when he received a starring role in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross and earned a drama desk award in the process. His breakthrough role for many critics and colleagues was his powerful turn as Richard Nixon in The Final Days (1989); a docudrama based on the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his spot-on portrayal of the fallen President, and his career picked up from there as parts in prominent Hollywood films came his way: Air America (1990), My Cousin Vinny, The Mighty Ducks (both 1992), and the Pauly Shore comedy Son in Law (1993).

For all his dependable performances over the years, Smith wasn't a familiar presence to millions of viewers until he landed the plump role of Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet in Superman: Lois and Clark which co-starred Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher (1993-1997). After that run, he gave a scorching performance as Reverend Jeremiah Brown in the teleplay Inherit the Wind (1999); and he appeared last in the miniseries Out of Order (2003). He is survived by his wife Debbie; and son, Rob.

by Michael T. Toole
Lane Smith (1936-2005)

Lane Smith (1936-2005)

Lane Smith, a veteran character actor of stage, screen and television, and who was best known to modern viewers as Perry White on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, died on June 13 at his Los Angeles home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is more commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 69. Born in Memphis, Tennessee on April 29, 1936, Smith had a desire to act from a very young age. After a brief stint in the Army, he moved to New York to study at the Actors Studio and made his debut on off-Broadway debut in 1959. For the next 20 years, Smith was a staple of the New York stage before sinking his teeth into television: Kojak, The Rockford Files, Dallas; and small parts in big films: Rooster Cogburn (1975), Network (1976). In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles to focus on better film roles, and his toothy grin and southern drawl found him a niche in backwoods dramas: Resurrection (1980), Honeysuckle Rose (1980); and a prominent role as the feisty Mayor in the dated Cold War political yarn Red Dawn (1984). Smith returned to New York in 1984 and scored a hit on Broadway when he received a starring role in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross and earned a drama desk award in the process. His breakthrough role for many critics and colleagues was his powerful turn as Richard Nixon in The Final Days (1989); a docudrama based on the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his spot-on portrayal of the fallen President, and his career picked up from there as parts in prominent Hollywood films came his way: Air America (1990), My Cousin Vinny, The Mighty Ducks (both 1992), and the Pauly Shore comedy Son in Law (1993). For all his dependable performances over the years, Smith wasn't a familiar presence to millions of viewers until he landed the plump role of Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet in Superman: Lois and Clark which co-starred Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher (1993-1997). After that run, he gave a scorching performance as Reverend Jeremiah Brown in the teleplay Inherit the Wind (1999); and he appeared last in the miniseries Out of Order (2003). He is survived by his wife Debbie; and son, Rob. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States August 1998

Released in United States on Video December 29, 1998

Released in United States Summer August 28, 1998

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 27 - September 7, 1998.

Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City (Worldwide Plaza) August 5-9, 1998.

Based on the life of popular teenage rock 'n' roll singer Frankie Lymon, who toured and recorded with his back-up band The Teenagers.

Queen Latifah was previously attached to co-star.

Began shooting November 5, 1997.

Completed shooting February 11, 1998.

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 27 - September 7, 1998.)

Released in United States August 1998 (Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City (Worldwide Plaza) August 5-9, 1998.)

Released in United States Summer August 28, 1998

Released in United States on Video December 29, 1998