Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Over three years ago, we saw the first trailer for Frankie & Alice, a fact-based drama about a ’70s stripper suffering from dissociative identity disorder. And then… nothing. Aside from a brief, barely publicized awards-qualifying run in late 2010 (which didn’t get star Halle Berry any Oscar love, but did earn her a Golden Globe nomination), the picture never received a theatrical release.
But it looks like someone has finally taken the film off the shelf and blown off the dust. Frankie & Alice is now headed for a spring opening, and there’s a brand-new trailer to prove it. Hit the jump to check it out.
The Frankie and Alice of the title couldn’t be more different, and yet they’re technically the same person. Frankie is the true identity of Berry’s character, but she has a tendency to slip into one of her other personalities. One is a kid called Genius; the other, more troublesome one, is a racist Southern white woman named Alice. Stellan Skarsgård plays the doctor who treats her, and Phylicia Rashad her mother.
Here’s the video from Yahoo.
Because Frankie & Alice was never properly released, it doesn’t have many reviews. However, the ones it has are mostly negative and it’s currently pulling a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. Granted, that’s with only 15 reviews in, so Frankie & Alice could still turn it around — but it’s hard to imagine this will ever get much acclaim. The trailer looks heavyhanded and cheesy, though Berry seems like she might turn in a decent performance.
Frankie & Alice opens, finally, on April 4. Geoffrey Sax directed.
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FRANKIE & ALICE is a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch (Halle Berry), a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles. Directed by Geoffrey Sax, and shot by by Newton Thomas Sigel (Valkyrie, X-Men, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, The Usual Suspects), the film also stars Stellan Skarsgård (upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Phylicia Rashad (For Colored Girls) and Chandra Wilson (“Grey’s Anatomy”).