V.I. Warshawski (film)

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V.I. Warshawski
V.I. Warshawski (film).jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Produced by Penney Finkelman Cox
Jeffrey Lurie
Screenplay by Edward Taylor
David Aaron Cohen
Nick Thiel
Based on Deadlock by Sara Paretsky
Starring Kathleen Turner
Jay O. Sanders
Charles Durning
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Jan Kiesser
Edited by Debra Neil-Fisher
Carroll Timothy O'Meara
Production
company
Hollywood Pictures
Chestnut Hill Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • July 26, 1991 (1991-07-26)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $24 million
Box office $11,128,309 (USA)

V.I. Warshawski is a 1991 film directed by Jeff Kanew. It was intended to be a film franchise for star Kathleen Turner, but no sequels were ever produced following the film's critical and commercial failure.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

Victoria "V.I" Warshawski is a Chicago-based private freelance private investigator 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 Kat hires Warshawski to track down her father's killer. In doing so she befriends the victim's daughter, Kat; together they set out to crack the case.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Kathleen Turner V.I. Warshawski
Jay O. Sanders Murray Ryerson
Charles Durning Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory
Angela Goethals Kat Grafalk, Bernard's Daughter
Nancy Paul Paige Wilson Grafalk
Stephen Meadows Bernard 'Boom-Boom' Grafalk
Stephen Root Mickey

Production notes[edit]

  • The film was based on a series of books by Sara Paretsky. Screenwriters Edward Taylor, David Aaron Cohen, and Nick Thiel adapted only one of Sara Paretsky's novels, Deadlock, for the script, which took at least one liberty with the story. Whereas Paretsky had written the novel as a serious mystery, the screenwriters took an almost comedic approach. Paretsky was especially angry over the original script that had the independent female detective subordinate to a male counterpart for fear that a female character could not hold the lead role.
  • Kathleen Turner reprised her character V.I. Warshawski in a series of radio plays on BBC Radio 4.
  • Principal production began in Chicago in November 1990. Scenes were filmed at Wrigley Field, Chicago; Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway Avenue, Chicago, (used as the Golden Glow Cocktail Lounge); San Pedro, California, Long Beach, California; Fire Station 23 - 225 E. 5th Street, Los Angeles, and Warner Bros Studios. Completed shooting February 27, 1991.
  • The film was released on VHS on November 13, 1991; it was released on Laserdisc (4:3 ratio) the following year and on DVD on June 4, 2002 (in a 1.85:1 ratio). It was released on Blu-ray in May 2011.

Critical reception[edit]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times had mixed thoughts about the film but commended the acting:

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and also praised Turner's performance:

Turner's performance as the title character was the one detail Sara Paretsky, who had created the character and written the film's source novel, Deadlock, found fit to praise, criticizing most of the other elements.[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted poorly at the box office.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

Ian Frazier's book Travels in Siberia recounts an instance where Frazier, visiting the city of Irkutsk in the early 1990s, sees a young girl dancing alone to Randy Edelman's theme song played during the closing credits of the film. At the time, and again in his later reflections upon Russia, Frazier sees this episode as emblematic not only of the sensuality of Russian culture ("Russians can really dance") but of the spirit of the entire nation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (July 26, 1991). "V.I. Warshawski". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  2. ^ "V.I. Warshawski". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ July 30, 1991 (1991-07-30). "Weekend Box Office : 'Mobsters' Is the Only Solid Opener - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 

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