V.I. Warshawski (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  26 July 1991 (USA)
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A female PI babysitting for a boyfriend gets stuck with his daughter and the case of her murdered father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frederick Coffin ...
Charles McCaughan ...
Lynnie Godfrey ...
Anne Pitoniak ...
Philip Pugh
Tom Allard ...
Big Eddie
Babe (as Michael G. Hagerty)


Victoria "V.I" Warshawski is a Chicago based private detective who agrees to babysit for her new boyfriend; then he is murdered. Being the detective type, she makes the murder her next case. In doing so she befriends the victim's daughter, Kat, and together they set out to crack the case. Written by Rob Hartill

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Killer eyes. Killer legs. Killer instincts. See more »

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Rated R for language and moments of violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels  »

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$11,128,309 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Among other changes, producers wanted to set the film in Baltimore and cast either Amy Madigan, Bette Midler or Jane Fonda as Warshawski. Paretsky, however, was thrilled with the selection of Kathleen Turner. See more »


Late in the film, Victoria "V.I." Warshawski (Kathleen Turner) returns to Smeissen's (Wayne Knight) hideout to get some information out of him. She goes upstairs to his office and, as a warning, fires her gun at a bowl of walnuts sitting on his desk. The film cuts to a reaction shot of Smeissen, then back to the wide shot. Several items on the desk have moved on their own. Most notably, the red file folder has gone from sitting under the bowl of walnuts to sitting next to it. The phone straightened itself out, and the walnuts that flew out of the bowl have drastically changed positions. See more »


Victoria "V.I." Warshawski: When in doubt, hesitate!
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Arrangement written by Alfredo Lopez, Fernando Nataren and Abel Rocha
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A GOOD movie, (despite the panning awarded by a number of reviewers)!
9 April 2006 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

I have just seen Kathleen Turnjer in "V.I. Warshawski" for the third time and, for the third time, am at a total loss to understand the panning/overall rating of 4.3 awarded to it by previous reviewers. I think the movie DOES reflect a lot of the Paretsky original novels and think Turner does a good job in portraying "the dick from the dock" in a manner which combines both respect for the literary character and the kind of gritty, down-to-earth film noir genre which the film obviously pays its debts to. This latter aspect is particularly apparent in the DIALOGUE, much of which my wife and I found hysterical and easily on a par with such remakes of Chandler as the "Farewell, My Lovely" version of the 1970s with Robert Mitchum and Charlotte Rampling. Like the letter, "V.I." is not going to be rated as "The Maltese Falcon" or "The Big Sleep" of the 1990s, but I still think it is a sound, entertaining and engaging piece of work, which does not deserve the reviews mentioned above. Now that we are past the "Blow 'em up / SFX-dominated" fayre of "Die Hard 27"or whatever, is it time for a follow-up to what was, in my view, sadly, Turner's sole donning of the red glitter shoes of V.I. with another actress in the role?

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