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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.

Director:

Jeff Kanew

Writers:

Sara Paretsky ('V.I. Warshawski' novels), Edward Taylor (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Turner ... Vic
Jay O. Sanders ... Murray
Charles Durning ... Lt. Mallory
Angela Goethals ... Kat
Nancy Paul Nancy Paul ... Paige
Frederick Coffin ... Horton
Charles McCaughan ... Trumble
Stephen Meadows ... Boom-Boom
Wayne Knight ... Smeissen
Lynnie Godfrey ... Sal
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Lotty
Stephen Root ... Mickey
Robert Clotworthy ... Philip Pugh
Tom Allard Tom Allard ... Big Eddie
Mike Hagerty ... 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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,603,338, 28 July 1991

Gross USA:

$11,128,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,128,309
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Victoria "V.I." Warshawski: When in doubt, hesitate!
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Connections

Referenced in Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 1 (2005) 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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Good flick, better if truer to Paretsky's novel
27 March 2005 | by leigh2870See all my reviews

For the time this movie was released, it really is a solid film. One I stop and watch anytime I catch it on cable. I like Kathleen Turner as Vic and see her as Vic when I read Paretsky's Blacklist (2004) and Indemity Only (1982). Paretsky is such a skilled writer that I read all 332 pages of Indemity Only completely in one Saturday. This would have been a good vehicle/series for Ms. Turner if the movie had followed the novels closer. They should have hired Paretsky to write the screen play.

The screenwriters, Edward Taylor, David Aaron Cohen, & Nick Thiel, I believe are responsible for this film being unsuccessful at the box office. It appears they did not read the books or believe themselves that a women could be a private investigator. Paretsky gave them a well rounded, gritty, thorough character. The screenwriters tried to make it a comedy/action film and dishonored Paretsky in their representation of her character. The screen play should have been written as an action/thriller along the lines of Patriot Games (1992), an action/crime like the Italian Job (2003), or a mystery along the lines of the Thomas Crown affair (1999). All have comedic moments in them and would be better genres for the V.I. Warshawki novels.

Maybe if Ms. Turner is up to it she could revive the character or perhaps Charlize Theron would take a shot at it.


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