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Who's That Girl (1987)

The life of an uptight tax lawyer turns chaotic when he is asked to escort a young woman newly released from prison, who persuades him to help prove her innocence.

Director:

James Foley

Writers:

Andrew Smith (story), Andrew Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madonna ... Nikki Finn
Griffin Dunne ... Loudon 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 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
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Storyline

Four years unjustly jailed haven't dampened the spirits or determination of Nikki Finn. Th spunky parolee sets out to clear her name - and sets the Big Apple spinning in deliriously funny ways. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A funny thing happened on the way to the bus station.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slammer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,548,205, 9 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,305,209
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film begins on September 11, 1987, and carries on into the morning of September 12. See more »

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 »

Quotes

Prison Oficer: One black leather jacket, one plastic comb, blue, two studded leather bracelets, black, and one lipstick, fire engine red.
Donovan: [sarcastically] All your worldly possessions.
Nikki Finn: [speaking of the lipstick] Don't knock it, Donovan. You can't get this shade'a red anymore.
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Crazy Credits

An animated Nikki Finn opens up the Warner Bros logo and steps out. She then sets off a musical number ("Causing a Commotion") that covers the opening credits, and recaps the events that got Nikki in prison. See more »

Alternate Versions

The BBFC in 1987 cut the film both for cinema release & Domestic Video, with cuts totaling 1 min 43 secs, to the scene where Madonna is shopping with Griffin Dunne in the record store & she can be seen putting cassette's into her own pockets & a shop lifter's too in order to frame him, cuts were waived on the 07/03/2006 with a PG cert, even though the Uncut version played on television channels in the early 90's See more »

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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Three on a Couch (1987) See more »

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Chapel Of Love
Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
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Better than most of the recent "comedies" that focus on "gross-out" humor.
29 January 2002 | by actiontalentSee all my reviews

Admittedly I was only 13 years old when I first saw this movie (in the theater), but it has always been one of my favorites.

The story line was held together with some of the best lines. (I still quote them today). Madonna gets slammed for so many reasons, this movie should not be one of them. She and Griffin Dunne made a fun, quirky couple. It did not pretend to be anything than what it was, and who can find fault with that?

This movie was part farce, part mystery (okay, not up to Agatha Christie standards) and part romantic comedy. It was no worse than most films that fall into the romantic comedy genre, if anything it is one of the better ones.

For those of you out there who hate Madonna, by all means avoid this film, why torture yourself? But for anyone who likes her, or just wants to see a light, fluffy story with some great music (let's hear it for Scritti Politti)then "Who's That Girl" is a fun, nostalgic trip that will have you laughing in no time.

Laugh at Buck, the delivery driver, or Griffin Dunne in that top hat and tails, and who could forget the bridesmaids, having been kidnapped and tied together, hitting on the cops? I'm laughing just thinking about it.


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