The film "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is inspired by actual events and stars an ensemble cast of some of Hollywood's most well known actors. Bringing to life the true story of the Frankie Lymon, lead vocalist of the 1950's rock and roll group, The Teenagers, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" chronicles the brief but lasting impact the singer had on those around him before succumbing to heroine addiction at age 25.
Set in the 1980s, three women arrive at the New York office of entertainment lawyer Morris Levy, each claiming the right to royalties from Lymon's estate, which Levy has never disclosed. Through a series of flashbacks, the women reflect on their time with Lymon and realize that each had unwittingly been married to Lymon at the same time. Over time, the adversarial relationship between the women turns into a special bond, with each realizing that money is not always what's most important.
Larenz Tate plays the role of Frankie Lymon, the talented, but troubled young talent who lived fast and died young. Halle Berry plays Zola Taylor, one of the late singer's former wives at the center of the battle and a singer in her own right -- once part of the 1950's rock and roll group, The Platters. Vivica A. Fox plays the part of Elizabeth "Mickey" Waters, a petty thief and former prostitute from Philadelphia, who turned to her life of crime after suffering the heartbreak of Lymon's death. Lastly, Lela Rochon plays the role of Emira Eagle, the most reserved of Lymon's three wives, who works as a school teacher in a small Georgia town. Paul Mazursky plays Lymon's scheming entertainment lawyer, Morris Levy.
Rated "R" for language and some sexuality, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" was written by Tina Andrews, directed by Gregory Nava and released by Warner Brothers Pictures on August 28, 1998. The film was shot on location in Starke, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; and Los Angeles, California. It grossed over $12 million at the box office as of November 1998. The film's official soundtrack, "Nowhere to Run," was released by the Motown Record Company in August 1998.
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" was nominated for four awards, including ALMA nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film and Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role. The film was also nominated for best screenplay and best soundtrack at the Acapulco Black Film Festival. Awards won include Best Actor, for Larenz Tate, at the Acapulco Black Film Festival, and an ALMA Award for Outstanding Latino Director of a Feature Film, awarded to Gregory Nava.
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