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V.I. Warshawski (1991)

A female PI babysitting for a boyfriend gets stuck with his daughter and the case of her murdered father.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Robert Clotworthy ...
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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V.I. Warshawski: A private detective with a name as tough as she is. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

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$11,128,309 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Murray Ryerson: Vic, about that blonde.
Victoria "V.I." Warshawski: Murray, have you ever seen what I can do with a nutcracker?
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Kelis (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz G Flat Major, Or 70, No. 1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra
Courtesy of Sony Classical
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Definitely disappointing, but not awful
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is remarkable to me how much affection and revulsion this watchable, incomplete misfire of a film can inspire, here among the Comments and elsewhere; I haven't seen more than a few minutes of it for several years, but did see it in a theater in its original run. Kathleen Turner as VIW is too much a flirt to conform to Sara Paretsky's portrait of her detective, but otherwise gives a decent performance that, better than the script, gets across Warshawski's toughness, wit and unwillingness to suffer fools any more than she has to. The film, as someone else noted, would've done well to be a more faithful adaptation of one of the early novels, rather than pulling bits from several and then letting the plot go completely slack by the last third. But there are nice touches, here and there; Wayne Knight was born to play the petty thug and childhood schoolmate of Warshawski. But the hastiness and corner-cutting of the production is unfortunately evident. One wonders if a second film, with a better script and crew, might've been quite good.


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