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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vic
... Murray
... Lt. Mallory
... Kat
Nancy Paul ... Paige
... Horton
Charles McCaughan ... Trumble
... Boom-Boom
... Smeissen
Lynnie Godfrey ... Sal
Anne Pitoniak ... Lotty
... Mickey
... Philip Pugh
Tom Allard ... Big Eddie
... 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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Killer eyes. Killer legs. Killer instincts. See more »


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Rated R for language and moments of violence | See all certifications »
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26 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels  »

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$11,128,309
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Trivia

This was originally meant to spawn a franchise for Kathleen Turner, but the film's dismal US box office performance soon put an end to that. 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: When in doubt, hesitate!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Kelis (2004) See more »

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El Son De La Manta
Arrangement written by Alfredo Lopez, Fernando Nataren and Abel Rocha
Performed by "Quetzalcoatl" SM
Courtesy of Luna Blanca
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Good flick, better if truer to Paretsky's novel
27 March 2005 | by See 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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