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Her Alibi (1989)

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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.
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Tom Selleck
as Phil Blackwood
James Farentino
as Frank Polito
Hurd Hatfield
as Troppa
Ronald Guttman
as 'Lucy' Comanescu
Victor Argo
as Avram
Patrick Wayne
as Gary Blackwood
Tess Harper
as Sally Blackwood
David Chandler
as Eugene Mason
Joan Copeland
as Audrey
Bill Smitrovich
as Lt. Farrell
Bobo Lewis
as Rose
Jane Welch
as Millie
Austin Hay
as Oliver
Alan Mixon
as Nina's Father
Barbara Caruso
as Nina's Mother
Marlene Bryan
as Laurie
Sara E. Pfaff
as Heather Blackwood
Trevor Soponis
as Tony Blackwood
David S. Chandler
as Eugene Mason
Norman Fitz
as Judge
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
Hank de Luca
as Ian the Editor
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 (20) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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The plot is ludicrous, which in itself would be perfectly acceptable given sharper handling, but both script and direction devote so much time to romantic undercurrents that the central intrigue is further divested of credibility.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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A romantic melodrama of a boringness to make your average tooth extraction seem preferable.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Screenwriter Charlie Peters is the predictable piggy whose arrested pubescence informs Her Alibi. When it comes to imagination, he has much in common with his hero.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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You know a movie is in trouble when you start looking at your watch. You know it's in bad trouble when you start shaking your watch because you think it might have stopped.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A dodgy script and weak direction means the decent performances fall flat.

Full Review… | February 8, 2012
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Her Alibi

Very funny Tom Selleck Movie. :) I liked it alot & there was alot of hilarious parts as well. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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½

Interesting.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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 Xx
xGary Xx

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