Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

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In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow of long-dead doo-wop singer-songwriter Frankie Lyman, and each wants years of royalties due to his estate, money Levy has never shared. During an ensuing civil trial, flashbacks tell the story of each one's life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three wives establish their own bond.

Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 54% / Audience 76%

7/10

Rated R 1 hr 56 mins

GENRES
Drama • Romance
DIRECTION
Gregory Nava
CAST
Vivica A. Fox  •  Lela Rochon  •  Halle Berry  •  Larenz Tate

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Vivica A. Fox Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters
Lela Rochon Emira Eagle
Halle Berry Zola Taylor
Larenz Tate Frankie Lymon
Pamela Reed Judge Lambrey
Clifton Powell Lawrence Roberts
Paul Mazursky Morris Levy
Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. Young Little Richard
James Gleason Stage Manager