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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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Vic
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Murray
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Lt. Mallory
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Kat
Nancy Paul ...
Paige
Frederick Coffin ...
Horton
Charles McCaughan ...
Trumble
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Boom-Boom
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Smeissen
Lynnie Godfrey ...
Sal
Anne Pitoniak ...
Lotty
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Mickey
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Philip Pugh
Tom Allard ...
Big Eddie
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Babe (as Michael G. Hagerty)
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Storyline

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 »
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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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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 »

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At the scene of the tugboat explosion, the fire engine is solid red. Chicago fire engines are painted a distinct black over red design. See more »

Quotes

Ernie: [to V.I. Warshawski, who's trying to get information from him] Now look, lady. This is Chicago: now everybody knows everything, but nobody knows nothin'.
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Waltz G Flat Major, Or 70, No. 1
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Such a missed opportunity
21 November 2012 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I'm coming at this as a fan of Kathleen Turner, the V.I. Warshawski series and of my home city of Chicago. This movie simply blew it.

The casting, at least, was perfect. Turner is perfectly cast as V.I. The voice, the look, the attitude, everything. She perfectly captures the character. Even the rest of the casting is good. Jay O. Sanders perfectly fits Murray (A red-headed Elliot Gould according the books) and Dennehy is Bobby Mallory.

The problem is script and direction. They took bits and pieces from at least four different books and threw them together, badly. They watered down V.I. (tho Turner did a hell of a job of working through it). The movie loses its way at the end. It's just a mess. The directing was half-hearted. And they never got much of the character of Chicago, which is a major part of V.I. herself.

This could have been a great movie. V.I. is one of the great unsung female characters in mystery fiction. Chicago is one of the great cities of the world. And the stories in the series are full and complex. And this movie wasn't any of it.

It's good for the hardcore Kathleen Turner fans. She is the best part of this movie and manages to get the character to show through the bad dialog. But this movie could have been so much more. Hopefully a good adaption could be done at some point.


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