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Who's That Girl -- A brash but adorable ex-con is out to find the guy who has framed her for a crime she didn't commit.


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Release Date:
7 August 1987 (USA) See more »
A funny thing happened on the way to the bus station.
An uptight New York tax lawyer gets his life turned upside down, all in a single day, when he's asked to escort a feisty and free-spirited female ex-convict whom asks him to help prove her innocence of her crime. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Madonna ... Nikki Finn

Griffin Dunne ... Louden Trott

Haviland Morris ... Wendy Worthington

John McMartin ... Simon Worthington

Bibi Besch ... Mrs. Worthington

John Mills ... Montgomery Bell (as Sir John Mills)
Robert Swan ... Detective Bellson

Drew Pillsbury ... Detective Doyle

Coati Mundi ... Raoul

Dennis Burkley ... Benny
James Dietz ... Buck

Cecile Callan ... Sandy - Wendy's Friend
Karen Elise Baldwin ... Heather - Wendy's Friend (as Karen Baldwin)

Kimberlin Brown ... Rachel - Wendy's Friend

Crystal Carson ... Denise - Wendy's Friend
Elaine Wilkes ... Holly - Wendy's Friend
Tony La Fortezza ... Cabbie #1
Thomas Pinnock ... Cabbie #2

Alvin Hammer ... Cabbie #3

Sean Sullivan ... Gun Dealer
Helen Lloyd Breed ... Co-op Board Chairwoman
Dalton Dearborn ... Co-op Member #1
Robert Weil ... Co-op Member #2 (as Robert E. Weil)
Robert Cornthwaite ... Minister
Albert Popwell ... Parole Chairman

Alice Nunn ... Woman Parole Member

Gary Basaraba ... Shipping Clerk
Ron Taylor ... 1st Dock Worker

Stanley Tucci ... 2nd Dock Worker

Mike Starr ... Shipping Co-Worker
Dwight Crawford ... Bicycle Messenger
Laura Drake ... Shirley
Efrat Lavie ... Entourage Saleswoman
Mary Gillis ... Gown Woman
Roy Brocksmith ... Crystal Salesman
Ted Hayden ... Flatware Salesman
Deryl Carroll ... Florist
Beatrice Colen ... Secretary
Susan Bugg ... Law Secretary

Robert Clotworthy ... Lawyer
Lexie Shine ... Judy
Faith Minton ... Donovan

Judy Kerr ... Prison Oficer

Darwyn Carson ... Prison Reception Guard
Andre Rosey Brown ... Record Store Security Guard

Brad Rearden ... Record Store Cashier

Bert Rosario ... Greasy Guy
Patrick McCord ... Traffic Cop

Liz Sheridan ... Nurse #1
Shari Summers ... Nurse #2

Glenn Plummer ... Harlem Kid #1 (as Glen Plummer)
Lance Slaughter ... Harlem Kid #2

Alon Williams ... Harlem Kid #3
Mario Gardner ... Harlem Kid #4
Dennis Brown ... Harlem Kid #5
Carmen Filpi ... Street Bum #1
Robert Benjamin Pope ... Street Bum #2
Gerald Orange ... Drunk in Harlem Hallway
Shelly Lipkin ... Tiffany Salesman

Ellen Crawford ... Tiffany Saleswoman
Pat Romano ... Rolls Royce Thief #1
Gary Tacon ... Rolls Royce Thief #2
Jinaki ... Lady on Bus

Glen Chin ... Bank Guard
Lloyd Kino ... Bank Officer
Clive Rosengren ... Bus Driver
Scott Harms ... Motorcycle Cop

Cristian Letelier ... Motorcycle Cop
Sanders Cupac ... Motorcycle Cop
Meilani Paul ... Amazon Woman (as Meilani Figalan)
Philip Romano ... Fencing Opponent (as Phil Romano)
Lea Lashaway ... Screaming Woman
Michael Scott Henderson ... Raoul's Driver
Marilyn Ammons ... Prisoner
Murray ... Murray
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Tovey ... Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
James Foley 
Writing credits
Andrew Smith (story)

Andrew Smith (screenplay) &
Ken Finkleman (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Birnbaum .... executive producer
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Rosilyn Heller .... producer
Jon Peters .... executive producer
Andrew Smith .... associate producer
Bernard Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Bray 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (director of photography) (as Jan Debont)
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring  (as Pembroke Herring)
Casting by
Glenn Daniels 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
Art Direction by
Donald B. Woodruff  (as Don Woodruff)
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as C L O U D I A)
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist: Madonna
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup artist (as Scott Eddo)
Donna Barrett Gilbert .... key hair stylist (as Donna Barrett-Gilbert)
Francesca Paris .... hair stylist: New York
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist: Madonna (as Ed Ternes)
Production Management
G. Mac Brown .... unit production manager: New York
Sheridan Dar Reid .... unit production manager (as Sheridan Reid)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah M. Brim .... second assistant director: New York (as Sarah Brim)
Ric Kidney .... first assistant director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director (as Dan Suhart)
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... second assistant director (as Tena Yatroussis)
Matt Fenton .... apprentice assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Blackman .... art director: New York
Leslie Bloom .... set decorator: New York (as Les Bloom)
Russell Bobbitt .... assistant property master
William Boyd .... mill foreman
Oscar Delgadillo .... gang boss
Bruce Di Valerio .... general construction foreman
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator
David Q. Quick .... property master (as David Quick)
Jimmy Raitt .... property master: New York
Martha Johnston .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Greg Curda .... adr mixer
Jay Engel .... adr editor
Dee Dee Goldner .... assistant sound editor
James Hebenstreit .... boom operator
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert Henderson)
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor (as Joey Ippolito)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Walter Newman .... sound editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Ed White .... production sound mixer
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects: New York (as Conrad Brink)
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects coordinator
Richard L. Hill .... special effects (as Richard Hill)
Jim Schwalm .... special effects (as Jim Schwalm)
Visual Effects by
Peter Donen .... visual effects supervisor
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
Mark Sullivan .... matte artist
Phil Adams .... stunt player
Clay Boss .... stunt player
Polly Burson .... stunt player (as Polly Bursan)
Monty Cox .... stunt player
Joe Daly .... stunt player
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Scott Dockstader .... stunt player
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt player (as Jon Epstein)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt player
Greg Gault .... stunt player
Beau Gibson .... stunt player
Andy Gill .... stunt player
Randy Hall .... stunt player
Charles Hart .... stunt player
Robert Keller .... stunt player
Bill Madden .... stunt player (as William Madden)
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator: New York
Victor Magnotta .... stunt player
Ron Oliney .... stunt player
Lonnie Parkinson .... stunt player
Don Pulford .... stunt player
Branscombe Richmond .... stunt player
Dennis Scott .... stunt player
John Sherrod .... stunt player
Mike Tillman .... stunt player
Steve Vandeman .... stunt player (as Steve Vanderman)
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Mimi Cagnetta .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Craig Lietzke .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... gaffer
James R. Belletier .... second assistant camera: New York (as Jimmy Belletier)
Norman Buck .... key grip: New York
Bill Decker .... key grip
Ken Fisher .... second assistant camera
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as Bill Kenney)
James Malone .... best boy electric: New York
James McGrath .... dolly grip: New York
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera: New York
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Keith Orefice .... electrical best boy
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer: New York (as Jurgen Vollmer)
Richard Walden .... additional camera operator
William Waldman .... first assistant camera (as Bill Waldman)
William Ward .... gaffer: New York (as Billy Ward)
Sandy Williams .... best boy grip
Alexander Witt .... camera operator
Thomas Enright .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael T. Travers .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Glen Claybrook .... animation: camera
John Canemaker .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Doug Frankel .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Dan Haskett .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Norma Klingler .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Richard Machin .... animator: main title (uncredited)
April March .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Bob McKnight .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Bill Plympton .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Edward Rivera .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Bob Scott .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... costume supervisor
Dallas D. Dornan .... costumer (as Dallas Dornan)
Julie Glick .... costumer
George L. Little .... costume supervisor (as George Little)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Craig Herring .... assistant editor
Joe Mosca .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Patrick Leonard .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
William Curry .... transportation captain: New York (as Bill Curry Sr.)
Ron Kelley .... transportation captain
Craig Lietzke .... production driver
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator (as Bob Neilson)
Other crew
Todd Arnow .... production accountant: New York
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Julia Cort .... production runner
Melissa Crowe .... personal assistant: Madonna (as Melissa Crow)
Brad Epstein .... assistant: Bernard Williams
Jonathan Filley .... location manager: New York
Mark Finerman .... production runner
Stuart Fink .... unit publicist
Michael Gannon .... assistant: James Foley
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Tom Malanga .... production accountant
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor (as Lyn McKissick)
Sharon Morov .... production secretary
Karen Moy .... assistant: Rosilyn Heller
Lisa Pivnick .... production runner
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds .... animal coordinator
Ron Saffold .... craft service
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager
Cathy K. Stoia .... production office coordinator: New York
Michael Stubbs .... location scout: additional: uncredited
Dana Williams .... production associate
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-14 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:MG6 | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (cut) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2006) (uncut) | USA:PG (No. 28651)

Did You Know?

The film was originally titled "Slammer" until Madonna wrote and decided to use Who's That Girl as the film's theme song. The song went to #1 on the Billboard chart in August 1987.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Loudon flips through the pre-nuptial agreement, the first few text pages he flips through are identical. When he gets to the sexual position diagrams, the various icons repeat on various pages. This is because Wendy's father wants to make sure Louden and Wendy don't have sex. It is his way of overkill.See more »
Louden Trott:We did one of your things already. We murdered the pimp and the fat man. Now it's time to do one of MY things.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Look of LoveSee more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Madonna: Comedic Actress, 17 April 2004
Author: misslv80

I kid you not. Yes, "Who's That Girl" has the distinction for being one in a string of Madonna's films that bombed, but I actually liked this movie more than "Desperately Seeking Susan". In "Susan", Madonna's character is relegated to being second-fiddle to Rosanna Arquette and is not given much to work with. No disrespect to Rosanna, but in WTG Madonna plays this zany, outrageous character, only done in an 80s style. While it may seem "cheesy" today, this is actually one of Madonna's best and one of her most underrated films.

Madonna plays Nikki Finn, an ex-con who is sent to the slammer for a crime she didn't commit. She's being released from jail after four years of good behavior. Griffin Dunne, who is also a very underrated actor, plays Louden Trott, a lawyer who has the unpleasant task of picking her up from jail to take her to the bus station. Of course, when these two get together, that's when the madness happens. Sir John Mills has a small role as the rich businessman who has a huge mansion in the middle of Manhattan with a rainforest(???) on his roof.

This movie parodies everything. Rich people, the sleazy characters who live in Harlem and totally destroy Louden's Rolls-Royce, the gay cops who follow Madonna and Dunne around town, and Dunne's stuck-up fiance Wendy Worthington who has purportedly slept with every cab driver in New York City (played by Haviland Morris, who was Jake's girlfriend Caroline in Sixteen Candles). Hilarious! Plus, Dunne is also in charge of a rare breed of leopard reminiscent of "Bringing Up Baby". Plus, Madonna had a great platinum blonde 80s look back in those days and the movie has a great soundtrack. Throw this all into the mix and you have the zaniness of WTG.

Madonna is the queen of deadpan acting. There are times in the movie where she says a line totally straight and surprisingly, it turns out to be funny! That's how some of the best comedy should be played - straight. Madonna should have done more comedy and it was a shame that she did not choose to do so. Later on she became much more controversial and got into more of the dark, sexually-charged roles in the notorious movies "Body of Evidence" and "Dangerous Game".

Some people say Madonna cannot act, and that is fine, people are entitled to their opinion, but I believe the real problem is that people cannot see the difference between Madonna playing a character on film, instead they still see only Madonna and that is main reason why she is given more respect for her music than for her movies. It's still a fun, screwball comedy of the 80s. Not for everyone, I'm sure some of you will dislike it, so I would recommend it mainly for Madonna fans, but you never know, you might be surprised and like it!

Interesting note: One of Madonna's friends from her early-80s New York club days, Coati Mundi, who plays Raoul, was a member in the bands Kid Creole and The Coconuts and Savannah Band.

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