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V.I. Warshawski -- A tough-talking sexy PI with a weakness for shoes uncovers a conspiracy for murder and money.


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Writers (WGA):
Sara Paretsky ('V.I. Warshawski' novels)
Edward Taylor (screen story)
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Release Date:
26 July 1991 (USA) See more »
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A female PI babysitting for a boyfriend gets stuck with his daughter and the case of her murdered father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kathleen Turner ... Vic

Jay O. Sanders ... Murray

Charles Durning ... Lt. Mallory

Angela Goethals ... Kat
Nancy Paul ... Paige
Frederick Coffin ... Horton
Charles McCaughan ... Trumble

Stephen Meadows ... Boom-Boom

Wayne Knight ... Smeissen
Lynnie Godfrey ... Sal
Anne Pitoniak ... Lotty

Stephen Root ... Mickey

Robert Clotworthy ... Philip Pugh
Tom Allard ... Big Eddie

Mike Hagerty ... Babe (as Michael G. Hagerty)

Lee Arenberg ... Flesh

Mike Bacarella ... Cabbie

John Beasley ... Ernie
Everett Smith ... McGraw
Herb Muller ... Contreras

Theresa Bell ... Stacy
Geof Prysirr ... Ron Whortley
Sandra Foster ... Bank Teller
Gregg Almquist ... Bank Manager

Gene Hartline ... Thug #1
Gary Epper ... Thug #2
John P. Marsh ... Striker
Shirley Johnson ... Singer
Victor Herold ... Bassist
Casey Jones ... Drummer
Eddie Lusk ... Keyboardist (as Professor Eddie Lusk)
Maurice Vaughn ... Guitarist
Aaron Seville ... Paramedic
Doris Le Gras ... Maid

John Fujioka ... Sumitora
Roger Ito ... Bodyguard #1
Robert Wong ... Bodyguard #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bontumasi ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
Larry Nazimek ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Kanew 
Writing credits
Sara Paretsky ('V.I. Warshawski' novels)

Edward Taylor (screen story)

Edward Taylor (screenplay) and
David Aaron Cohen (screenplay) and
Nick Thiel (screenplay)

Produced by
Doug Claybourne .... co-producer
Penney Finkelman Cox .... executive producer
Jeffrey Lurie .... producer
John Bard Manulis .... co-executive producer
John P. Marsh .... executive producer
Lauren Weissman .... co-executive producer (as Lauren C. Weissman)
Lauren Weissman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
Cinematography by
Jan Kiesser 
Film Editing by
Debra Neil-Fisher  (as Debra Neil)
Carroll Timothy O'Meara 
Casting by
Glenn Daniels 
Production Design by
Barbara Ling 
Art Direction by
Larry Fulton 
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
Makeup Department
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist: Kathleen Turner
Susan Germaine .... hairstylist: Kathleen Turner
Jerome H. Turnage .... hair stylist: scond unit
Donna Turner Culver .... key hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph P. Kane .... unit production manager
Sharon Mann .... unit production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seth Cirker .... second second assistant director
Brian Fong .... second assistant director (as Brian T. Fong)
Sharon Mann .... first assistant director: second unit
Normann Pokorny .... second assistant director: second unit
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
John L. Roman .... second assistant director: second unit
Jack Frost Sanders .... first assistant director
Art Department
William Arnold .... art director: second unit
Timothy Braniff .... illustrator
Gus Feederle .... assistant property master
Michael D. Gianneschi .... lead man: second unit
Petko D. Kadiev .... illustrator
Roger L. King .... construction gang boss
Kathe Klopp .... set decorator: second unit
Bill MacSems .... property master
Douglas E. Maxwell .... lead man
Dora Medrano .... art department coordinator
Michael P. Morris .... construction coordinator: second unit
Lauren E. Polizzi .... set designer
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator
Joseph Torres .... construction foreman
Robert R. Volpe .... property master: second unit
John Bullard .... propmaker (uncredited)
Phillip Ellman .... boat wrangler (uncredited)
Steven Kerlagon .... paint supervisor (uncredited)
Chad Simpson .... paint gang boss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roberta Doheny .... sound re-recording mixer
William Hartman .... sound editor
Roxanne Jones .... supervising sound editor
David Kelson .... sound mixer
R.J. Kizer .... adr editor
Karla Knorr .... assistant sound editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound editor
Victor B. Lackey .... sound editor
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Sherline .... cable person
Thomas W. Small .... assistant sound editor
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording consultant
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
John O. Wilde .... sound editor
Howard Wilmarth .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Yario .... cable person
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
William Jacobs .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Danny Cangemi .... special effects assistant
John Frazier .... special effects coordinator
Francis Pennington .... special effects assistant
Steve Riley .... special effects assistant
Kim Derry .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Lund .... translite photographer (uncredited)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Ken Blazer .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Doc Duhame .... stunts
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan .... stunts (as Cheryl Wheeler-Dixon)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts
Mark Harper .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Randy Popplewell .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator
Tim Trella .... stunts (as Timothy P. Trella)
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey P. Ackil .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Jeff Ackil)
Rick Borchardt .... key grip
Donald Carlson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Joe Carroll .... first assistant camera: second unit
Peter Davidian .... best boy electric
Dennis De La Mata .... key grip: second unit
Robert W. Faison .... first assistant camera: second unit
Conrad W. Hall .... first assistant camera
John A. Hawn .... rigging gaffer
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip: second unit
Bradley T. Matthys .... best boy grip: second unit
Michael McGreevy .... best boy grip
John Robert Miller .... dolly grip: second unit
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator
Robert P. Sanchez .... first assistant camera: second unit
Dean M. Simmon .... second assistant camera: second unit
Clyde Smith .... dolly grip
Richard Sobin .... second assistant camera: second unit
John M. Stephens .... cinematographer: boat chase sequence
John M. Stephens .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Strong .... gaffer
Robert Swander .... gaffer: second unit
John Swanders .... best boy electric: second unit
Jeffrey Thorin .... second assistant camera
Dean Williams .... still photographer: second unit
Larry Cottrill .... electrician (uncredited)
Oscar Gomez .... grip (uncredited)
Gordon Hayes .... electrician (uncredited)
Richard Kelley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Monty Woodard .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sandy Holt .... voice casting
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting: second unit (as Catherine Holzer-Ballowe)
Mimi Maynard .... voice casting
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Barbara L. Roche .... extras casting: second unit
Liz Siegel .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nino Cerruti .... selected wardrobe: Kathleen Turner
Oda Groeschel .... costumer
Susan Kaufman .... costumer: second unit
Nancy McArdle .... costume supervisor
Eileen McCahill .... costumer
Chuck Velasco .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Neil Kirk .... assistant editor
Susan L. Vovsi .... apprentice editor
Music Department
François Blaignan .... scoring crew
Tom Carlin .... music editor
Andrew Silver .... preview music editor
Transportation Department
Richard Deangelo .... transportation coordinator: second unit
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation captain
Ronald E. Maxwell .... transportation captain: second unit
Arthur F. 'Mickey' McAteer .... transportation coordinator
Robert Wallace .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Elton Ahi .... assistant: Mr. Edelman
Bobby Bass .... technical advisor
Luke Benoit .... production assistant
Noel Bermudez .... production accountant
Jodi Bracken .... production assistant
Terri Clemens .... production coordinator
Elisa Ann Conant .... assistant location manager
Christopher Connors .... production assistant
Tracy Cutts .... script supervisor: second unit
Nanci Gumbiner .... assistant: Mr. Lurie
Carolyn Hagan .... assistant production coordinator
T.J. Healy II .... location scout
Bob Hudgins .... location manager: second unit
Ray Kaufman .... assistant location manager
Aghi D. Koh .... production assistant
Ron Marryott .... production associate
Jo Therese McElroy .... production assistant
Patti McGuire .... assistant: Mr. Lurie
Carol Miyaoka .... assistant: Mr. Claybourne
Cynthia Neipris .... production assistant
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Judith Rheiner .... publicist
Susan Spencer Robbins .... production coordinator
Andrew Robinson .... production assistant
Rayna Saslove .... assistant: Ms. Finkelman Cox
Judith Saunders .... script supervisor
Alicia Smolen .... assistant: Mr. Kanew
Veronique Vowell .... location manager
Donald H. Walker .... assistant production accountant
Bill Walsh .... marine coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Heather Pollock .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Donald Rasmussen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Martine White .... second assistant location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for language and moments of violence
89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Kathleen Turner went on to play V.I. Warshawski on BBC radio.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Victoria "V.I." Warshawski:My face got betrayed by my mouth.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
V.I. Warshawski: tired and labored, 19 June 2013
Author: jztzt from Canada

V.I. Warshawski is essentially a macho film with the exception of the sex of the lead character. Kathleen Turner portrays the titular character, a tough-talking and independent Chicago private detective. Not only does she solve a case in the film, she gets herself into a lot of violent confrontations as well, from people who constantly want to foil her investigative findings concerning the inheritance of a shipping industry. Incredibly, Turner is able to stand toe-to-toe with her male counterparts. She is impressively gruff, tough, seasoned, and weary.

There are good and bad elements in the film. As written, the characters' mannerisms and dialogues are too mannered, cute, and artificial. Everyone seems to be wisecracking, yelling, and acting tough all the time. I know that's a common fixture of characters of the detective genre, but it's just too much and too insincere. Some of the characters are quirky but they aren't three-dimensional. There's no shortage of stock, sleazy, and mean spirited characters. I don't care deeply for the characters. They are merely pawns and not fully fleshed out. The film is heavy on dialogue and plot but it could have benefited from more heartfelt and intimate moments, such as exploring the characters' relationships with one another and exploring the inner depths of characters. We rarely glimpse beneath the characters' tough superficial layer and wisecracks. At times, the dialogue is stilted and awkward. There are a lot of feeble attempts at humor and one liners that are quite crude, lame, and inappropriate. The mystery isn't as intriguing or sophisticated as it should be. It's easy to figure out where the story is going as there aren't much surprises. The villains aren't very threatening either. By the end of the film, I still have questions that are left unanswered. I do however, enjoy Turner's gradual rapport with Kat (the young actress overplays the part though), the daughter of a murdered hockey player and who seems to be the key to solving the mystery.

At times, the film does display a quirky sense of humor that works, as evident in certain jokes and sight gags. There are also some interesting and high energy set pieces. However, some of these scenes detract from the main plot and have a juvenile mentality to them.

Whereas other films have been successful and intriguing in their takes on the film noir and detective genre (e.g. Night Moves, Chinatown), V.I. Warshawski is not inspired.

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