Her Alibi

1989

Her Alibi

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A frustrated writer helps save a woman being railroaded by the law -- or is she? -- in this comic mystery with romantic overtones. Phil Blackwood (Tom Selleck) is a best-selling mystery novelist who has run into a bad case of writer's block. Hoping to find inspiration for his next book, Phil goes to the city courthouse and witnesses the arraignment of Nina Ionescu (Paulina Porizkova), a beautiful Romanian immigrant who is accused of killing a man with a pair of scissors. For Phil, it's love at first sight, and after sneaking into jail disguised as a priest, he makes her an offer. Phil offers to let her stay at his house, and he provides her with an alibi -- she can claim that she couldn't have committed the crime, because she was with him at the time of the attack. Nina agrees, but after Phil encounters a handful of dangerous foreign agents, Nina's acrobatic parents, and a highly suspicious district attorney, he begins to wonder if Nina might have committed the murder after all. Her Alibi also features William Daniels as Sam, and James Farentino as Frank Polito; the song "Falling In Love" was written and recorded for the film by Randy Newman.

Cast

Tom Selleck
as Phil Blackwood
James Farentino
as Frank Polito
Ronald Guttman
as 'Lucy' Comanescu
Patrick Wayne
as Gary Blackwood
Tess Harper
as Sally Blackwood
David Chandler
as Eugene Mason
Bill Smitrovich
as Lt. Farrell
Jane Welch
as Millie
Austin Hay
as Oliver
Alan Mixon
as Nina's Father
Barbara Caruso
as Nina's Mother
Sara E. Pfaff
as Heather Blackwood
Trevor Soponis
as Tony Blackwood
David S. Chandler
as Eugene Mason
Nat Benchley
as Prosecutor
Leonard Auclair
as Jack the Author
Dick Harrington
as Henry the Neighbor
Corazon Adams
as Consuela
Lisa Nicholas
as Waitress
Hank deLuca
as Ian the Editor
Joann Havrilla
as Woman at Lecture
Pankaj Talwar
as Dr. Singh
Dick Rizzo
as Knife Clerk
Joseph Eubanks
as Cocktail Man
T.J. Edwards
as Defender
John Badila
as Defender
Lucia Vincent
as Cocktail Lady
Vivienne Shub
as Cocktail Lady
Kathleen Goldpaugh
as Cocktail Lady
Allen Fitzpatrick
as Federal Agent
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Critic Reviews for Her Alibi

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (19)

  • ...an entirely disposable endeavor that's rightly fallen into obscurity in the years since its release.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It has a grand total of four genuinely funny moments, most of which are shown for free in the TV commercial.

    April 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's no excuse for Her Alibi. It inspires oceans of sympathy for Tom Selleck, who seems a nice guy and doesn't deserve to be lumbered by the ineptness of this enterprise.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • A dodgy script and weak direction means the decent performances fall flat.

    February 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
    Empire Magazine
    Top Critic
  • Her Alibi veers with little purpose from bland drama to heavy-handed slapstick, with rhythm, characterization, and plotting better suited to television than the movies

    February 8, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
    TV Guide
    Top Critic
  • He's a mystery writer, she's a mystery; and it's also a mystery how TV fodder like this manages to get the high-gloss, top-talent treatment at studios.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Her Alibi

  • Aug 16, 2009
    Very funny Tom Selleck Movie. :) I liked it alot & there was alot of hilarious parts as well. :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2007
    She is so cute...and the film isnt bad either...
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2007
    Another forgettable chapter in Tom Selleck's film non-career. Allegedly comic mystery in which he supplies a beautiful stranger with a fake alibi and we try very hard to care.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2006
    Thriller writer Selleck provides an alibi for beautiful murder suspect Porizkova, only to wonder if he's next for the chop.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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