Female Lead

V.I. Warshawski (1991)

V.I. Warshawski, un privé en escarpin

V.I. Warshawski (1991)


Jeff Kanew


Kathleen Turner

Jay O. Sanders

Charles Durning


A female PI babysitting for a boyfriend gets stuck with his daughter and the case of her murdered father.


I had never heard of this movie when my husband picked it up from a used bookstore. Since it had Kathleen Turner as a kick ass woman and was filmed in the late 80s early 90s he thought it would be right up my alley.

The movie definitely had the feel of a movie from that time and it was awesome to see a female character kick butt, but I wish she didn’t have such a cliché fatal flaw. She manipulates men like they’re pawns but her love for one is her weakness. Other than that, though I liked the movie.

The ending was classic 80s action, it didn’t stick around once the bad guys were taken care of. It had a foul mouthed kid that followed Turner’s character around. There was also a surprisingly high body count. The man that Turner’s character meets in a bar is very manly and the villain is kind of hilarious looking. I also found it amusing that all the ways she got men to do what she wanted would probably still work today.

Why can’t they make movies like this now a days? It’s not a blockbuster, but it’s got to be cheap to make. The only female led action movies coming out now, that I’m aware of, are pure crap. Their budget is shoestring and their actresses aren’t any good. That’s a market I’d love for someone like Netflix, or Amazon, or Hulu to fill. Maybe I’m the only one out there though.