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V.I. Warshawski
     

V.I. Warshawski

Director: Jeff Kanew, Kathleen Turner, Jay O. Sanders, Charles Durning

Cast: Jeff Kanew, Kathleen Turner, Jay O. Sanders, Charles Durning

 

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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

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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.

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Rarely has a flop extinguished a career so quickly as V.I. Warshawski did to Kathleen Turner. Turner came in boasting a truly enviable résumé of 1980s hits, only to see this would-be franchise character knock her name permanently off the top of movie posters. V.I. Warshawski has developed kind of a cult familiarity for being famously misguided, but the truth is, it's more boring than anything else. Turner's tongue-in-cheek appeal from the Romancing the Stone saga is nowhere to be seen. The few attempts at humor totally sputter, leaving the movie feeling like a sluggish detective story with only superficial grit or direction. A different actress might have pulled this off, or pulled it off better. But Turner's sunny charm, key to her previous success, is totally suppressed by the bad lighting and grimy urban setting. What passes for a running joke is that everyone says her last name differently, despite its relatively straightforward phonetic pronunciation. Inadvertently, this ends up being a metaphor for how unknowable she is. If they intended this as a series, screenwriter David Aaron Cohen should have given some consideration to the character's origins as a private eye, but there's only a cursory mention of her once having been a lousy housewife. The only other depth V.I. has is a maternal instinct for the girl who just lost her father, and without a back story, it feels like an empty gesture. Child actor Angela Goethals has the most life of anyone on screen, while the ragtag bunch of character actors who fill out the cast range from hammy to just plain ridiculous. We eventually learn that the V stands for "Victoria." Maybe they were waiting for the sequel to reveal the I, but "Insipid" seems like a pretty good guess.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0717951254030
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathleen Turner V.I. "Vic" Warshawski
Jay O. Sanders Murray
Charles Durning Lt. Mallory
Angela Goethals Kat Grafalk
Nancy Paul Paige Grafalk
Frederick Coffin Horton Grafalk
Charles McCaughan Trumble
Stephen Meadows Boom-Boom
Wayne Knight Smeissen
Lynnie Godfrey Sal
Anne Pitoniak Lotty
Stephen Root Mickey
Robert Clotworthy Phillip Pugh
Tom Allard Big Eddie
Michael Hagerty Babe
Lee Arenberg Flesh
Roger T. Ito 1st Bodyguard
Doris LeGras Maid
Mike Bacarella Cabbie
John Beasley Ernie
Everett Smith McGraw
Herb Muller Contreras
Theresa Bell Stacy
Geof Prysirr Ron Whortley
Sandra Foster Bank Teller
Gregg Almquist Bank Manager
Gene Hartline Thug #1
Gary Epper Thug #2
John P. Marsh Striker
Shirley Johnson Singer
Victor Herold Bassist
Casey Jones Drummer
Professor Eddie Lusk Keyboardist
Maurice Vaughn Guitarist
Aaron Seville Paramedic
John Fujioka Suwtora
Robert Wong 2nd Bodyguard

Technical Credits
Jeff Kanew Director
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Doug Claybourne Co-producer
David Aaron Cohen Screenwriter
Penney Finkelman Cox Executive Producer
Glenn Daniels Casting
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Larry Fulton Art Director
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
David Kelson Sound Mixer
Jan Kiesser Cinematographer
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Jeffrey Lurie Producer
John P. Marsh Executive Producer
Debra Neil Editor
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Edward Taylor Original Story,Screenwriter
Nick Thiel Screenwriter
Pamela Westmore Makeup

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