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Drama o tri bivše supruge popularnog pjevača Frankieja Lymona koji se sudski spore oko njegova nasljedstva

1955. Trinaestogodišnji tinejdžer iz Harlema Frankie Lymon (Larenz Tate) s nekolicinom prijatelja sklada i snima pjesmu "Why Do Fools Fall In Love". Pjesma u izvedbi Frankieja i benda The Teenagers početkom 1956. postaje veliki hit, a mladi se pjevač preko noći pretvara u svjetsku zvijezdu i bogataša" 1985. Ženski zatvor Lamberton u Pennsylvaniji. Bivša prostitutka Elizabeth Mickey Waters (Vivica A. Fox) upravo izdržava posljednje dane svoje zatvorske kazne zbog krađe. Nakon što na radiju čuje novu obradu pjesme "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" u interpretaciji Diane Ross, Elizabeth odluči nazvati svog odvjetnika Paula Markovitza (David Barry Gray). Naime, ona kao bivša supruga pokojnog Frankieja potražuje nasljedstvo i izvođačka prava na njegove pjesme. Međutim, stvari se zakopliciraju kada pred sutkinjom Lambrey (Pamela Reed) isti zahtjev podnesu i druge dvije Frankiejeve supruge: nekadašnja članica The Plattersa Zola Taylor (Halle Berry) i učiteljica iz Georgije Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon)"


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. Lymons 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 Lymons 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 Lymons 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). . Bhob Stewart

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 ones life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three wives establish their own bond.

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