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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 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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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

Gross USA:

$11,128,309
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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

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 »

Quotes

Victoria "V.I." Warshawski: Never underestimate a man's ability to underestimate a woman.
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Connections

References Rocky V (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Sittin' On Top Of The World
Written by Renée Geyer and James Reyne
Performed by Saundra Alexander (as Saundra "Pan" Alexander)
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2 Thumbs Up!!
20 January 2003 | by dream-warrior2001See all my reviews

V.I. Warshawski is my all-time favorite movie, and I don't know why people keep butchering it so bad. It's an intriguing mystery that pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the end.

Kathleen Turner shines as detective Victoria Warshawksi whom is hired by the 13 year old girl, Kat, she is babysitting to find out who murdered her father. With suspects at every corner, Vic doesn't know who to trust and who not to. Kat joins forces with Vic in a more helpful approach to the situation, getting information that Vic can't obtain herself eliminating suspects and narrowing it down to one. The ending will blow your mind, as it isn't expected.

Filmed on Chicago's waterfront, V.I. Warshawski delivers the goods for intrigue, mystery, and top notch action! If you haven't seen it, give it a chance. It's worth the 1.99 rental price - don't listen to anyone who says this movie unbearable to watch because it's an outstanding film and one of Kathleen Turner's best.


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