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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (Madonna). The spunky parolee sets out to clear her name, and sets the Big Apple spinning in deliriously funny ways.

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

Gross USA:

$7,305,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the second take of a scene involving the cougar, the cougar accidentally escaped from the cage, resulting in filming being paused for a few hours. 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

Nurse #1: [in the hospital corridor, with Louden being rolled along on a gurney] Are you his wife?
Nikki Finn: Mm-hmm.
Nurse #1: I'm going to need some information. What's his name?
Nikki Finn: Louden.
Nurse #1: "Louden"?... "Louden" what?
Nikki Finn: Clear.
Nurse #1: "Louden Clear." Mrs. Clear, have you noticed anything wrong with your husband lately?
Nikki Finn: Well, he hasn't exactly been Valentino in the sack lately, if you know what I mean.
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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 »

Connections

References The Wild One (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

What The World Needs Now Is Love
Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
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Who's That Girl: The Early Marxism of Madonna
11 August 2000 | by MeHeadSee all my reviews

Before she appeared in a series of Freudian dramas (Body of Evidence, Dangerous Game, Evita), Madonna experimented with juxtaposing the Nabokovian ideal of naive nymphette (see Desperately Seeking Susan) with that of unabashed working-class sexuality. What results is a masterpiece of subtle Neo-Marxist Feminism, culminated in the character of Nikki Fin. At the onset we're forced to inquire about Nikki's identity: Really, who is that girl? Is she dressing that way intentionally? Does her sartorial behavior undermine or fuel her existential yearnings? Disguised as a comedy, Who's That Girl toys with the notion that under certain social imperatives (read capitalism reeling from Reaganomics) women must find purpose by not simply exercising hostility on their male peers, but expect social gain and subordination from their attempts. Can I recommend Who's That Girl? Wholeheartedly, I can.


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