New York Times - 07/26/1991
"...Played slyly and wittily by [Turner]....A new spin on an old formula..."
USA Today - 07/26/1991
"...[Turner] commands the screen, as she always has sincere her BODY HEAT debut..."
Kathleen Turner stars as the tough-talking private investigator V.I. Warshawski, heroine of a series of popular detective novels by Sara Paretsky. A working class gal from Chicago's North Side, Warshawski proves she can hold her own against an assortment of male miscreants as she attempts to crack a case involving the murder of an ex-hockey player. But Warshawski has more than just her sleuthing duties to attend to: she also has her hands full looking after the dead man's smart-mouthed adolescent daughter.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
When brute force isn't enough to handle the human sludge of the Chicago underworld, private investigator V.I. Warshawski pulls out two of her most lethal weapons -- powerful charm and the skill of a woman who knows all the right moves. A tough-talking, fiercely independent, sexy P.I. with a weakness for pretty shoes, Warshawski is armed with brains and seductive sex appeal. When pushed to the edge, Warshawski can play hardball with the Windy City's most wanted, including a cold-blooded killer who has murdered Boom-Boom Grafalk, an ex-hockey player who has caught her eye. A just cause is reason enough for Warshawski to take on a new case, and when Boom-Boom's 13-year-old daughter, Kat, retains the detective to ferret out her father's killer, V.I. uncovers a startling conspiracy for murder and money.
Filmed in Technicolor in Chicago, Illinois and in San Pedro, California.
Began shooting November 1990; completed shooting February 27, 1991. Released in the USA July 26, 1991. Released on video November 13, 1991.
Additional music credits: "Sittin' on Top of the World" by Renee Geyer and James Reyne; "Ooh Wah Ooh" by Barbara Jordan, Carl Sealove, and Gary Tigerman; "El Son de la Manta" arranged by Alfredo Lopez, Fernando Nataren, and Abel Rocha.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.