Her Alibi

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Her Alibi
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBruce Beresford
Produced byKeith Barish
Written byCharlie Peters
Music byGeorges Delerue
Frank Fitzpatrick (Music Supervisor)
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 3, 1989 (1989-02-03)
Running time
94 minutes
Budget$15 million
Box office$18 million

Her Alibi is a 1989 American romantic comedy film directed by Bruce Beresford, written by Charlie Peters and starring Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William Daniels and James Farentino.


Phil Blackwood (Selleck) is an American mystery novelist who comes across a dazzling Romanian murder suspect named Nina (Porizkova) when she is arraigned in the courtroom he is visiting. Instantly falling for her, Blackwood poses as a Roman Catholic priest in order to meet her while Nina is held pending her continued arraignment. Finding her wearing a crucifix necklace (which would be forbidden in her communist homeland), he assumes she's innocent when she does not confess to the murder. With the help of his publisher and friend, Sam (Daniels), Blackwood invents an alibi ("We're having an affair.") for Nina to secure her release.

Nina then takes up residence with Blackwood, serving as the inspiration for a novel that will decide the fate of his and Sam's careers in writing and publishing, all while evading operatives from Romania's Securitate, one of whom committed the murder to stop Nina and her family's defection to America. The climax of the film takes place during The Funeral of Grimaldi, a jovial memorial service in which many clowns gather to celebrate the life of Joseph Grimaldi.



The film was met with negative reviews, earning a 14% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews.

Although it was Porizkova's best-known film appearance, her role as Nina in Her Alibi earned her a 1990 Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Actress.

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