Why Do Fools Fall in Love

1998, Biography, 1h 55m

58 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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In 1956, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers landed a doo-wop hit with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" Fame turned to tragedy as lead singer Lymon (Larenz Tate) descended into substance abuse that eventually claimed his life at age 25. But Lymon didn't just leave his fans bereft -- he also left behind three women, and each believes she's owed his song royalties: Platters singer Zola Taylor (Halle Berry), prostitute Elizabeth Waters (Vivica A. Fox) and schoolteacher Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon).

Cast & Crew

Halle Berry
Zola Taylor
Vivica A. Fox
Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters
Lela Rochon
Emira Eagle
Larenz Tate
Frankie Lymon
Paul Mazursky
Morris Levy
Pamela Reed
Judge Lambrey
Alexis Cruz
Herman Santiago
David Barry Gray
Peter Markowitz
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
Young Little Richard
Clifton Powell
Lawrence Roberts
Lane Smith
Ezra Grahme
Ben Vereen
Richard Barrett
Marcello Thedford
'Coop', a Drug Dealer
Jon Huertas
Joe Negroni
Mark Allan
Executive Producer
Harold Bronson
Executive Producer
Gregory Nava
Executive Producer
Paul Hall
Producer
Stephen James Taylor
Original Music
Diane Warren
Original Music
Edward Lachman
Cinematographer
Cary White
Production Design
John Chichester
Art Direction
Jackie Carr
Set Decoration
Elisabetta Beraldo
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  • Aug 29, 2011
    Based on a true story: Frankie Lyman (Why do fools fall in love).
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2007
    The first hour or so ranks as favorite movie material. It's enormously entertaining and a fresh spin on standard biopic: Diana Ross's cover of Why Do Fools Fall in Love spawns a court case where three women claim the rights to the song as Frankie Liman's wife. My favorite sequence is an infectious Larenz Tate singing (well, lip synching) to Goodie Goodie! But the movie sort of falls apart at the end. Oh, well. Focus on the positive!
    Joey N Super Reviewer

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