You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

V.I. Warshawski

You can't be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner.

With:
Kathleen Turner Jay O. Saunders Charles Durning Angela Goethals Nancy Paul Frederick Coffin

You can’t be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner.

Somewhere behind the vast underachievement here, one can discern that there was screen promise in the blue collar female dick of Sara Paretsky’s novels. The daughter of a cop and a habitue of sports bars on Chicago’s North Side, this salty, sexy, streetwise straight-shooter clearly could have represented a refreshing new twist on the standard issue private investigator.

The story has Warshawski getting involved in dirty business among three warring brothers. One brother, the good-looking Boom-Boom Grafalk, a former hockey player for whom V.I. has eyes, is killed in a suspicious dockside explosion. Warshawski also is responsible for Boom-Boom’s 13-year-old daughter Kat (Angela Goethals), for whom she was babysitting when the girl’s father was sent into permanent slumber.

From a filmmaking point of view, it is all uninspired and perfunctory, utterly lacking in a sense of style that might have made this punchy fun. Centerscreen throughout, Turner would seem to have been perfectly cast in such a sassy, confident part, but even she can’t drive a totally rusty vehicle.

[For pic’s UK release the handle Detective in High Heels were added to posters.]

V.I. Warshawski

Production: Hollywood/Chestnut Hill. Director Jeff Kanew; Producer Jeffrey Lurie; Screenplay Edward Taylor, David Aaron Cohen, Nick Thiel; Camera Jan Kiesser; Editor C.Timothy O'Meara, Debra Neil; Music Randy Edelman; Art Director Barbara Ling

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: Kathleen Turner Jay O. Saunders Charles Durning Angela Goethals Nancy Paul Frederick Coffin

More Film

  • Oscars: Indonesia Picks‘Marlina The Murderer’ in

    Oscars: Indonesia Selects ‘Marlina The Murderer’ in Foreign-Language Category

    You can’t be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner. Somewhere behind the vast underachievement here, one can discern that there was screen promise […]

  • The House With A Clock In

    Box Office: 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' to Lead Quiet Weekend

    You can’t be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner. Somewhere behind the vast underachievement here, one can discern that there was screen promise […]

  • Pakistan selection for foreign language Oscars

    Pakistan Chooses ‘Cake’ for the Oscars

    You can’t be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner. Somewhere behind the vast underachievement here, one can discern that there was screen promise […]

  • US actor Jack Black lies down

    Jack Black Calls Trump a 'Piece of S---' at His Walk of Fame Ceremony

    You can’t be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner. Somewhere behind the vast underachievement here, one can discern that there was screen promise […]

  • Jack Horner Joins David Ellison's Skydance

    Jack Horner Joins David Ellison's Skydance in PR Position

    You can’t be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner. Somewhere behind the vast underachievement here, one can discern that there was screen promise […]

  • A Star Is Born

    AMC Theatres to Launch 'A Star Is Born' Two Days Early at Dolby Cinemas

    You can’t be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the eponymous femme detective impersonated by Kathleen Turner. Somewhere behind the vast underachievement here, one can discern that there was screen promise […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content