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Who's That Girl (1987)

The life of an uptight tax lawyer turns chaotic when he is asked to escort a young woman newly released from prison, who persuades him to help prove her innocence.

Director:

James Foley

Writers:

Andrew Smith (story), Andrew Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madonna ... Nikki Finn
Griffin Dunne ... Loudon Trott
Haviland Morris ... Wendy Worthington
John McMartin ... Simon Worthington
Bibi Besch ... Mrs. Worthington
John Mills ... Montgomery Bell (as Sir John Mills)
Robert Swan ... Detective Bellson
Drew Pillsbury ... Detective Doyle
Coati Mundi ... Raoul
Dennis Burkley ... Benny
James Dietz James Dietz ... Buck
Cecile Callan ... Sandy - Wendy's Friend
Karen Elise Baldwin ... Heather - Wendy's Friend (as Karen Baldwin)
Kimberlin Brown ... Rachel - Wendy's Friend
Crystal Carson ... Denise - Wendy's Friend
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Storyline

Four years unjustly jailed haven't dampened the spirits or determination of Nikki Finn (Madonna). The spunky parolee sets out to clear her name, and sets the Big Apple spinning in deliriously funny ways.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A funny thing happened on the way to the bus station.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slammer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,548,205, 9 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,305,209
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Loudon (Griffin Dunne) opens his diary at the beginning, his schedule reads as follows: 7 a.m.: Wake 7:10 a.m.: Shower & shave 7:30 a.m.: Get dressed 8 a.m.: Breakfast & 'The Journal' 8:30 a.m.: Drive to office 9 a.m.: Call caterers 10:05 a.m.: Wendy arrives 10:10 a.m.: Meet w/ Mr. Worthington 11:10 a.m.: Final tux fitting 12:30 p.m.: Lunch w/ Worthingtons - Club 2 p.m.: Pick up ring @ Cartier 3 p.m.: Co-op Interview 4:30 p.m.: Pick up Wendy's wed. gift 6 p.m.: Bachelor dinner w/ chums 8:30 p.m.: Call Wendy - Love & kisses 9 p.m.: Review pre-nuptial agrm. 9.30 p.m.: Bedtime. See more »

Goofs

Louden and Nikki leave the bank after they find out it is closed, Mr. Worthington calls, Nikki gets on the phone, holds it up and begins to fire her gun, the next scene as she continues to shoot the gun, her hand is no longer on the phone but on the top of the windshield See more »

Quotes

Nikki Finn: [after jumping from one building over to another, to Louden] Jump!
Louden Trott: [reaching the edge of the building, nervous] What?
Nikki Finn: Come on!
Louden Trott: Are you insane?
Nikki Finn: I did it, you can do it!
Louden Trott: You're a criminal, I'm a tax attorney! I'll be alright here, I'm sure somebody'll call the cops.
Nikki Finn: They are the cops!
Louden Trott: [shots are being fired behind him, nonstop] AHH!
Louden Trott: [nervously] Maybe if I just explain...
Nikki Finn: Explain what, Trott? That we were buyin' four stolen semi-automatic weapons on your gold card?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

An animated Nikki Finn opens up the Warner Bros logo and steps out. She then sets off a musical number ("Causing a Commotion") that covers the opening credits, and recaps the events that got Nikki in prison. See more »

Alternate Versions

The BBFC in 1987 cut the film both for cinema release & Domestic Video, with cuts totaling 1 min 43 secs, to the scene where Madonna is shopping with Griffin Dunne in the record store & she can be seen putting cassette's into her own pockets & a shop lifter's too in order to frame him, cuts were waived on the 07/03/2006 with a PG cert, even though the Uncut version played on television channels in the early 90's See more »

Connections

Spoofs Bringing Up Baby (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Papa Oom Mow Mow
Written by Al Frazier, Carl White, Turner Wilson Jr. and John Harris
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Who's That Girl: The Early Marxism of Madonna
11 August 2000 | by MeHeadSee all my reviews

Before she appeared in a series of Freudian dramas (Body of Evidence, Dangerous Game, Evita), Madonna experimented with juxtaposing the Nabokovian ideal of naive nymphette (see Desperately Seeking Susan) with that of unabashed working-class sexuality. What results is a masterpiece of subtle Neo-Marxist Feminism, culminated in the character of Nikki Fin. At the onset we're forced to inquire about Nikki's identity: Really, who is that girl? Is she dressing that way intentionally? Does her sartorial behavior undermine or fuel her existential yearnings? Disguised as a comedy, Who's That Girl toys with the notion that under certain social imperatives (read capitalism reeling from Reaganomics) women must find purpose by not simply exercising hostility on their male peers, but expect social gain and subordination from their attempts. Can I recommend Who's That Girl? Wholeheartedly, I can.


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