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V.I. Warshawski (1991)

V.I. Warshawski (1991)

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Kathleen Turner stars as V.I. Warshawski in Jeff Kanew's film version of the hard-boiled detective character from Sara Paretsky's series of crime novels. Warshawski is a freelance private investigator in Chicago, who lives the part of the hard-boiled detective. But in her heart of hearts, she is a softy. One night, while she is drinking at her favorite bar, she meets an ex-Blackhawks hockey player named Boom-Boom Grafalk (Stephen Meadows). The two connect and a romance appears to be in the making. But Warshawski is nevertheless surprised when Boom-Boom appears at her doorstep later that night with his 13-year-old daughter, Kat (Angela Goethals) in tow. He asks Warshawski if she could watch her and Warshawski agrees. Later that night, Boom-Boom is killed in a boat explosion and Kit hires Warshawski to track down her father's killer.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Hollywood Pictures

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Cast

Kathleen Turner
as Victoria 'V.I.' Warshawski
Jay O Sanders
as Murray Ryerson
Charles Durning
as Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory
Nancy Paul
as Paige
Stephen Meadows
as Boom-Boom
Wayne Knight
as Smeissen
Stephen Root
as Mickey
Robert Clotworthy
as Phillip Pugh
Tom Allard
as Big Eddie
Herb Muller
as Contreras
Geof Prysirr
as Ron Whortley
Sandra Foster
as Bank Teller
Gregg Almquist
as Bank Manager
Gene Hartline
as 1st Thug
Gary Epper
as 2nd Thug
John P. Marsh
as Striker
Victor Herold
as Bassist
Casey Jones
as Drummer
Professor Eddie Lusk
as Keyboardist
Maurice Vaughn
as Guitarist
Aaron Seville
as Paramedic
John Fujioka
as Sumitora
Roger T. Ito
as 1st Bodyguard
Robert Wong
as 2nd Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for V.I. Warshawski

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

...one's interest in V.I. Warshawski is almost entirely dependent on one's tolerance for Turner's work...

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

Turner wants to play up Warshawski's detective instincts while Disney would rather ogle with the intensity of a Mormon, unsure how to successfully launch a franchise like this without alienating male audiences.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
BrianOrndorf.com

As inelegant as its title.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

A highly enjoyable jaunt in action-thrill land

April 25, 2005
Moviehole

It's okay. It's not great. It kills time.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The V stands for 'Very," the I "Idiotic." I don't know what letter stands for the end of Kathleen Turner's career.

April 14, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for V.I. Warshawski

½

Some of the best character actors in the biz in a pretty dull (although at times thrilling) murder mystery. However, major props for having a heroine that gives as good licks as she takes. Rare to see woman in such roles these days. They're always the victims, but Turner gives a badass performance. This was surprise treat; thank you, Hulu!

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki
½

Watching "V.I. Warshawski" made me sad, and for a lot of different reasons. Obviously I was sad about the time and money I wasted on this forgettable, bland and lackluster action/comedy. But mostly I felt bad for Kathleen Turner who seems to be desperate to return some luster to her falling star. She made a name for herself playing sexy characters in films like "Body Heat", using her raspy, sexy voice as her trademark. Here she almost seems to be playing a parody of her former self, and it's pretty sad to see. This is a terribly underwritten film, and it's filled with a second-rate cast of nobodies. Turner has no support whatsoever, with newcomer Angela Goethals the only persons besides Turner showing any life here. She's never acted before, and she's a teenager but she's nearly the best thing in this dismal picture. It feels more like a product than a creative piece of entertainment. Charles Durning goes through the motions playing a character he's probably already played in his distinguished career, and the plot is a throwaway one. It's an empty film, and the supporting characters are just as bland as the actors that play them. Jeff Kanew is a hack director, and although this is far from his first movie, you'd never know that by looking at this tepid, sluggish finished product. There's not a single laugh, and even considering this to be an action film is ludicrous. "V.I. Warshawski" tries to milk that title for all its worth, but you'll find it a lot less amusing than the makers of the film apparently did. It's a wash.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders
½

Some of the best character actors in the biz in a pretty dull (although at times thrilling) murder mystery. However, major props for having a heroine that gives as good licks as she takes. Rare to see woman in such roles these days. They're always the victims, but Turner gives a badass performance. This was surprise treat; thank you, Hulu!

Robert I (Master of All Movies)
Robert I (Master of All Movies)

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