Her Alibi

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.

With:
Tom Selleck Paulina Porizkova William Daniels James Farentino Hurd Hatfield Patrick Wayne

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.

Bestselling writer Phil Blackwood (Tom Selleck), out of stories and under pressure for his next book, decides to rescue drop-dead beautiful Nina (Czech-born model Pauline Porizkova) from court custody as a murder suspect.

He gives her an alibi by telling the canny d.a. (rigorously played by James Farentino) that they’re having an affair and were together during the time of the alleged murder.

To maintain the facade, Selleck has to take the aloof Rumanian beauty out to his lush country estate to live while he pecks away at his new novel – about her, naturally, and his feverishly imagined version of their relationship.

Porizkova has the disconcerting habit of hurling kitchen knives at the wall and otherwise inventing Selleck’s demise. He soon begins to suspect she is a murderer.

Mix of sexual tension, physical danger and quirky black humour has a certain appealing buoyancy, but ultimately it’s deflated by general lack of credibility.

Her Alibi

Production: Warner. Dir Bruce Beresford; Producer Keith Barish; Screenplay Charlie Peters; Camera Freddie Francis; Editor Anne Goursaud; Music Georges Delerue Art Dir Henry Bumstead

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Tom Selleck Paulina Porizkova William Daniels James Farentino Hurd Hatfield Patrick Wayne

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