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Her Alibi (1989)

Phil has writer's block after 30 detective novels. In court for inspiration, he sees a cute Romanian murder suspect. He provides her alibi. She stays with him. Will he live to write another novel?

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writer:

Charlie Peters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Phil Blackwood
Paulina Porizkova ... Nina Ionescu
William Daniels ... Sam
James Farentino ... Frank Polito
Hurd Hatfield ... Troppa
Ronald Guttman ... 'Lucy' Comanescu
Victor Argo ... Avram
Patrick Wayne ... Gary Blackwood
Tess Harper ... Sally Blackwood
Bill Smitrovich ... Farrell
Bobo Lewis Bobo Lewis ... Rose
Jane Welch Jane Welch ... Millie
Austin Hay Austin Hay ... Oliver
W. Benson Terry W. Benson Terry ... FX
Joan Copeland ... Audrey
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Storyline

A writer of BAD detective novels is in full writers' block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful woman who was arrested for murder at first thinking her innocent, but as she shows more and more interesting abilities (such as knife throwing) he begins to doubt his first assessment. He is still falling for her, but more and more nervous as time passes, and there are more close calls with death on his part. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Falling for a beautiful woman can be murder! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Names of fictional Peter Swift detective novels written by Phillip Blackwood (Tom Selleck) seen on dustcover artwork mainly at the start but at times also throughout the movie included: "Her Alibi", "The Dying Habit", "Sayonara, Cyanide", "Counsel for Crime", "Death Game Funeral", "Looks Like Curtains", "The Dying Position", "Murder With Honor", "Bullets Never Forget", "Computer Virus", "A Croak of Corpses", "Guns I've Loved", "Shakes Hands with a Bullet", "Murder by Modem", "One Down and Two Dying", "Death of a Critic", "Murder Becomes Her" and "Wake Me when I'm Dead". See more »

Goofs

When Phil and Sam are talking at the table at the first of the show, from one angle the orange juice is sloshing around. In the other shot it's still. See more »

Quotes

Phil Blackwood: [Narrating a passage of his upcoming book out loud - more than a little embellishing the truth] As the Japanese servants cleared away the remnants of Swift's gourmet meal, he and the girl exchanged sparkling repartee. His turn of phrase clearly had her entranced.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

TUTTI FRUTTI
Written by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman), Dorothy La Bostrie and Joe Lubin
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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A simple, funny, and charming little film
22 November 2003 | by chrisinthemorningSee all my reviews

A lot of us go through our quite ordinary lives daydreaming about being these larger than life characters, so I thought that this story about this sheltered and detached mystery writer, Phillip Blackwood, was quite good because of the funny and endearing way it relates to being a dreamer.

I'm a big Tom Selleck fan, since his days as island hopping P.I. Thomas Magnum, and I think he was the perfect fit for the role of Phil Blackwood. Selleck is this tall, good-looking dude who looks the part of your typical hero or action star, but he is able to come across as this almost goofy, nice guy, and I think those are the qualities that make Thomas Magnum and Phillip Blackwood such great characters. The contradictions between the characters' physical appearances and their personalities make them very easy to like and root for.

I liked the rest of the cast too. Paulina Porizkova was stunningly beautiful and I liked her in her role. The actors who played Blackwood's agent and brother were very funny in their roles.

I recommend this movie. It is lighthearted, funny, and quite charming.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Romanian | Spanish

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,037,047, 5 February 1989

Gross USA:

$18,699,037

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,699,037
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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