Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Director: Gregory Nava Cast: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon


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Gregory Nava directed this biographical drama on the brief but intense life of singer Frankie Lymon who stayed with the popular Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers group only for a year. Lymon was 13 years old when the group erupted from radios and jukeboxes with their 1956 hit, Why Do Fools Fall in Love? and appeared in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock (1956). After Mr. Rock and Roll (1957), Lymon turned solo, but then it all fell to pieces. Lymon's career was over by the time he was 18, and he died of a heroin overdose eight years later. Jumping from the '50s to the '80s, this film traces the rise and fall of Lymon (Larenz Tate) in a series of flashbacks as courtroom claims on Lymon's royalties are outlined by three women: Zola Taylor (Halle Berry) of the Platters R&B group; Elizabeth Waters (Vivica A. Fox), who turned prostitute to cover costs of Lymon's recovery from addiction; and schoolteacher Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon). Little Richard also makes a courtroom appearance, while Miguel A. Nunez Jr. portrays Little Richard in scenes set in the '50s. Shown at the 1998 Urbanworld Film Festival (NY).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2017
UPC: 0888574475055
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 24,159

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Halle Berry Zola Taylor
Vivica A. Fox Elizabeth Waters
Lela Rochon Emira Eagle
Larenz Tate Frankie Lymon
Paul Mazursky Morris Levy
Little Richard himself
Pamela Reed Judge Lambrey
Alexis Cruz Herman Santiago
David Barry Gray Peter Markowitz
Miguel A. Nuñez Young Little Richard
Clifton Powell Lawrence Roberts
Lane Smith Ezra Grahme
Ben Vereen Richard Barrett
Paula Jai Parker Paula King
Marcello Thedford Coop
Norris Young Jimmy
J. August Richards Sherman
Jon Huertas Joe

Technical Credits
Gregory Nava Director,Executive Producer
Mark Allan Executive Producer
Tina Andrews Screenwriter
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Bernard Set Decoration/Design
Harold Bronson Executive Producer
Christopher Brooks Musical Direction/Supervision
Veda Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Reuben Cannon Casting
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
John Chichester Art Director
Russell Clark Choreography
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Bruce Franklin Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Paul Hall Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Stephen Nemeth Producer
Nancy Richardson Editor
Clare Scarpulla Set Decoration/Design
Stephen James Taylor Score Composer
Cary White Production Designer

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Why Do Fools Fall In Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
nay More than 1 year ago
This was a good role for Tate,,,,,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago