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Her Alibi (1989)

Tom Selleck , Paulina Porizkova , Bruce Beresford  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William Daniels, James Farentino, Hurd Hatfield
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Charlie Peters
  • Producers: Daniel Franklin, Keith Barish, Martin Elfand
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305161984
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Her Alibi" on IMDb

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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG
Street Date: 02/03/04
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To see why Tom Selleck's movie career has been a constant uphill battle, look no further than this tepid mystery/comedy from 1989. Selleck plays a successful mystery novelist who cures a persistent case of writer's block by visiting the courtroom trial of a young Romanian woman named Nina (played by late '80s supermodel Paulina Porizkova) who has been accused of murder. He supplies the alleged murderer with an alibi--she can claim she was having an affair with him at his Connecticut country home at the time of the murder--and then he brings her to Connecticut to make the alibi look legitimate. Is she in fact a killer? Did she serve poisoned casserole to a group of dinner guests? You'd have to be a major fan of Selleck or Porizkova to want to find out what happens next, because despite a few light moments of engaging comedy this is the kind of nonsensical fluff that quickly wears out its welcome. --Jeff Shannon

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mystery Romp May 10, 2005
Tom Selleck has spent his entire career after Magnum P.I. making entertaining movies that out-of-touch critics hate and the public loves. Here is one you may have missed from director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies). It is gently moving and amusing, with some hystericaly funny moments along the way.

Tom Selleck is mystery writer Phil Blackwood and William Daniels of TV's St. Elsewhere fame is his best friend and editor Sam. Blackwood hasn't had a bestseller in some time and has been living on his reputation far too 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 while watching trials for inspiration, and decides to become her alibi.

James Farentino is the cop who knows Blackwood is lying for the lovely Nina and decides to keep an eye on things so he doesn't get killed. Once Blackwood takes Nina to the estate his Peter Swift mystery novels have paid for, he turns every situation into fodder for his fictional Peter Swift, and you'll find youself laughing hard at Selleck's voice-over as he writes.

Some European thugs are after Nina, and Blackwood becomes increasingly paranoid and begins to suspect the child-like innocence of Nina may be an act. There are some hilarious moments as he begins to wonder if she's out to kill him. William Daniels as his buddy Sam gives fine comic support and Farentino has a good role as the cop who knows these guys are in over their heads!

The film is full of old-fashioned charm reminiscent of films made during the 1930's. Patrick Wayne and Tess Harper as Blackwood's very worried family add some nice moments to this entertaining film.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Alibi a modern classic April 29, 2001
This must be the most under-rated comedy around. Tom Selleck is at his best playing a cowardly novelist who lives out his fantasies through his creation the famous detective Peter Swift. Paulina Porizkova is disarmingly good as the alleged murderess he provides an alibi for. He spends most of the movie terrified of her, wondering if she really is a psycho on the one hand and falling in love with her on the other. There are some great set pieces here, but the best comedy flows from the book he is writing about their situation. The most mundane events become incredible overblown adventures, its kind of hard to explain but trust us its hilarious.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very funny movie. June 28, 2000
I have been a Tom Selleck fan for many, many years, and this is probably my favorite Tom Selleck film. As many may have noted from his recent appearances on "Friends" Selleck has a great feel for comedy and its timing.
In this movie Selleck plays struggling mystery novelist Phillip Blackwood. It has been some time since Blackwood has produced a hit book and his publisher is about to drop him. Looking for inspiration Blackwood sits in the back of a courtroom observing cases. Along comes Nina, a Romanian woman accused of a grizzly murder. Convinced of her innocence, Blackwood provides an alibi to the beautiful foreigner to get her released from jail. Suddenly he realizes that he may have just released a killer from prison and the only thing standing between her and complete freedom is him.
Selleck is hilarious as the struggling writer who begins to write a book based on the experiences he has with the stranger now living with him. What makes this movie truly funny is watching the usually macho Selleck living in fear of a woman barely half his size. The voice over dialogue he uses while writing the book is priceless.
It is truly enjoyable to watch Selleck make fun of the persona he spent so many years playing in "Magnum P.I." This is a great film, and one I had to have in my collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE HER AND I FEAR HER April 22, 2006
Her Alibi will never be a listed as one of the top 100 movies of the century. It will never be considered a piece of art that will change your life forever. However, it is a great choice for a delightful way to spend a lazy afternoon or quite weekend evening with your significant other.

First of all, this movie is very funny. Tom Selleck is a bit out of his typecast as a bumbling writer. He narrates the novel that he is writing while the film shows the experiences that inspired the writing. The contrast between reality and fantasy is hilarious.

Second, the interplay between characters is touching and witty. One never knows what is and is not true as the story unfolds. Yet, some scenes are both touching and insightful. Along those lines, the scene where Tom Selleck gets a haircut is more erotic than many more graphic scenes from movies made for today's more coarse society.

Finally, this reviewer finds this movie interesting, at least to this viewer, as a case study in technology use. This movie was made in 1989 a bit before cell phones, pda's, and desk top computers become ubiquitous. It is interesting to see how many of these tools have become so imbedded in our lives that to view folks working and living without them is almost like a trip to some ancient culture.

Overall, this movie is a nice and entertaining way to spend a few leisure hours. Likewise, it is a good story that will hold up under repeated viewings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie. I watch it over and over and I still laugh so hard!!!
Published 3 days ago by Barb Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
All right movie for a slow tv night and Selleck fan
Published 14 days ago by katef
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have always loved this movie, it is great to see it in HD and widescreen!!!
Published 1 month ago by Val A
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Great SitCom
Loved it. Great SitCom.
Published 1 month ago by John C. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best chick flicks I have seen laughed out loud.
Published 3 months ago by Charles & Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is one of my favorite romantic comedies. Very funny and a nice mix of romance, comedy, mystery, action and adventure.
Published 3 months ago by scifiaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Alibi
A very interesting and intriguing plot. Actors are very good and a very enjoyable movie to watch.
Published 3 months ago by Jack M. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Two stories intertwined
If you're like me you will sort of giggle your way through this double feature trapped in one movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Greg Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars great comedy with strong acting cast
Her Alibi is not a well known video but I thinks it is one of Tom's best comedy. Strong supporting staff. Fun movie the family can enjoy.
5 stars
Published 3 months ago by Mark A Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Should still be in print for new ...
Excellent movie. Should still be in print for new dvd sales rather than having to find used.
Published 3 months ago by Nasty Jack Nasty
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