Frankie and Johnny Are Married

Frankie and Johnny Are Married

Cast: Lisa Chess, Alan Rosenberg, Stephen Tobolowsky

     
 

Successful television director and film producer Michael Pressman sets off with high hopes when he decides to helm a film production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. He believes the experience of directing a film starring his struggling actress of a wife (Lisa Chess) will be a fun and relatively easy way to revitalize their marriage. Unfortunately,…  See more details below

Overview

Successful television director and film producer Michael Pressman sets off with high hopes when he decides to helm a film production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. He believes the experience of directing a film starring his struggling actress of a wife (Lisa Chess) will be a fun and relatively easy way to revitalize their marriage. Unfortunately, the decision to cast Alan Rosenberg to play Johnny proves disastrous -- Rosenberg is incredibly difficult to work with and Pressman's already tense relationship becomes steadily worse as the horrific rehearsal and filming process intensifies. The situation looks bleak when, after a devastating preview, Pressman is forced to shut down the play, relinquish his investment, and possibly lose his wife. Of course, the aggrieved director has one option: to take over the role of Johnny. The stakes have never been higher for the married couple, considering their future together appears to hinge on the final outcome of the film. Frankie and Johnny Are Married was directed in real life by the protagonist, Michael Pressman. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Frankie and Johnny Are Married is not an attempt to remake Garry Marshall's 1991 film Frankie and Johnny. In fact, that version of the Terrence McNally play and numerous other real-world entities, including the TV show Chicago Hope, are all referenced in this self-reflexive movie from writer/director Michael Pressman, who plays himself as one of the central characters. That the movie is about a bored producer and his struggling actress wife -- and that this is who Michael Pressman and Lisa Chess really are -- just hints at the ambitious conundrums that would have buried a lesser film. Frankie and Johnny Are Married handles them deftly, with never a false note, and with an hilariously self-deprecating performance by Alan Rosenberg, playing himself as an egotistical SOB who squashes underlings, fails to memorize his lines, and consistently misunderstands character motivations. Pressman's story jumps off from his own life experiences as a financially compensated but artistically unsatisfied producer of Chicago Hope, and the film even features cameos from a handful of the show's actors. From there, it launches into the decision to stage Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune, and the result is a movie whose creators thought it might jump-start them, about a play whose interpreters thought it might jump-start them. Again, this is all very convincing and funny, the delicate balance preserved marvelously, and since it's shot on digital video, it feels almost hyper-real. There's a juicy irony in that the movie turned out about as disastrously as Pressman's initial staging of the play, as it went unheralded and virtually unseen. The main difference being that the play depicted in the film was a true flop, while the film itself is a little gem that slipped through the cracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2005
UPC:
0025192880025
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Screen Media
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
90,701

Special Features

Closed Caption; Cast and director commentary; Behind the scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lisa Chess Actor
Michael Pressman Actor
Alan Rosenberg Actor
Stephen Tobolowsky Actor
Jillian Armenante Actor
Morgan Nagler Actor
Ann Hearn Actor
Maury Sterling Actor
Linda Klein Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Pressman Director,Screenwriter
Jeff Freeman Editor
Lauren Hersholt-Nole Production Designer
Daniel Irom Asst. Director,Co-producer
Jacek Laskus Cinematographer
Rob Nokes Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffery Passero Casting
Michael Rafferty Editor
Van Broughton Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Alice West Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Frankie & Johnny Are Married
1. Opening [10:53]
2. My Own Identity [6:54]
3. Alan Is In [11:16]
4. New Producer [10:17]
5. The Joke [6:50]
6. Help! [6:33]
7. Ego [6:17]
8. Falling Apart [4:56]
9. Opening Disaster [8:04]
10. Regroup [16:33]
11. 2nd Chance [6:37]
12. Credits [2:55]

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