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V.I. Warshawski (1991)



Critic Consensus: With V.I. Warshawsky, Kathleen Turner proves more than up to the task of leading a cop thriller -- it's the script that sadly isn't up to snuff.

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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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Kathleen Turner
as Victoria 'V.I.' Warshawski
Jay O. Sanders
as Murray Ryerson
Charles Durning
as Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory
Stephen Meadows
as Boom-Boom
Wayne Knight
as Smeissen
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
Casey Jones
as Drummer
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 (28) | Top Critics (6)

Turner, with her leonine sexiness, remains a radiantly adult actress. She deserves better than this kid-stuff thriller.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Not good.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"V. I. Warshawski" has a breezy style and a serviceable, even surprising detective plot. And it has Ms. Turner, who makes the most of V. I. Warshawski's sardonic humor.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

The film looks as if it were shot through ripped pantyhose. It took three writers to craft a script of unvarying cliches. And the direction, by Jeff Kanew, is all you'd expect from the hack who brought forth Revenge of the Nerds and Troop Beverly Hills.

May 12, 2001 | Full Review…

Mistakenly believing that it can succeed on nothing but the notion of a woman doing a "man's job," V.I. Warshawski is zilch in the plot department; most half-hour detective dramas on television have more compelling story lines.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Kathleen Turner fits the character more closely than I would have imagined.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for V.I. Warshawski

Kathleen Turner's great as a tough-boiled, leggy, private eye investigator in this thriller movie.

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