A famous mystery writer (Tom Selleck) tries to jar himself out of his writer's block by providing an alibi for a beatuiful woman (Paulina Porizkova) accused of murder. Convinced of her innocence, he offers her sanctuary in his home. With William Daniels and James Farentino.
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Tom Selleck is mystery writer Phil Blackwood and William Daniels of TV's St. Elsewhere fame is his long time best friend and editor Sam. Blackwood hasn't had a bestseller in some time and has been living on his reputation to long. He needs something to break his writers block, and he may just have found it in beautiful Romanian Nina (lovely Paula Porizkova). He meets the accused murderer in court, watching trials for inspiration, and decides to become her alibi.
James Farentino has a nice turn as the cop who knows Blackwood is lying and decides to keep an eye on things so Blackwood doesn't get killed! Once Blackwood takes her to the estate his Peter Swift mystery novels have paid for he uses every situation to propel the new story he's writing and it's a hoot! As Blackwood turns every situation into fodder for his fictional Peter Swift you'll find youself laughing hard at Selleck's voice over as he writes.
Some very tough looking Europeans are after her and he becomes more paranoid and begins to suspect the child like innocence of Nina, who he is falling for, may be an act. There are some hilarious moments as he begins to wonder if she's out to kill him and William Daniels as his buddy Sam gives fine comic support.
But cop Farentino knows these guys are in over their heads.
This is gently moving and charming, with some very fine performances. A pony tailed Patrick Wayne and Tess Harper as Blackwood's very worried family add some nice moments to this entertaining film.Read more ›
a must have for any collector of film,
the story is about a writer who is finding
writing hard due to his lack of inspiration,
he then gets involved with a woman who has
been accused of murder by providing her
with an alibi [hence the title] but
nevertheless, is a very good film quite funny
and ever so dramatic,well worth the watching,
It's a great film.
Anyway this flick proves that one always needs to stay throughout the the whole film to make up one's mind definitively.
Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova are cast ideally, as well as the other actors in this romantic intrigue.
Moreover the enthralling music by George Delerue, in direct combination with the according up-tempo photography, enhances every scene to its perfect momentum.
All prementioned details make it one of the best romantic action-comedies since 1980 .
Tom Selleck,casted down as the 80's serial-MAGNUM-epigon, proves here to be capable of cutting his cherries in the "real cinema-world",sadly it was a short lived thought seeing "Friends" and "Las Vegas".
Nevertheless, being this a typical 80's-vehicle, whithout all the technical cellphone and computer-disturbances; makes it a great movie for the whole family with a major music-soundtrack, with a closing hit by Randy Newman ("Falling in love").
All this more to shame it is so hard to get a region 2-DVD, momentarily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two gorgeous looking actors, one simple, charming, and tender story . Old fashioned but enjoyable.Published 3 months ago by Eliza Masselou
We thought we were receiving a hard copy, so rather disappointed to only have it on line - the sound was not very goodPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Funny funny film. I saw it many years ago and it brings a smile to my face just to think of it. Dated for todays younger viewers but its very enjoyable and I will watch this over... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elbowz
My partner loved it, so it was definitely worth the money.
I wasn't quite so absorbed in it, but it was quite funny in parts. Very contrived.
Lovely film, we enjoyed watching it. I already had the film on video, but wanted it on DVD.Published 10 months ago by K. Boatman