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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Gross USA:

$7,305,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Madonna commented that she had a lot in common with the character Nikki. "She's courageous and sweet and funny and misunderstood. But she clears her name in the last, and that's always good to do. I'm continuously doing that with the public. I liked Nikki's tough side and her sweet side. The toughness is only a mask for the vulnerability she feels inside." See more »

Goofs

When Louden arrives in Harlem after the hospital, he puts on his pants backwards, you can see the button and zipper when he is laying on the hood talking on the phone, the next scene his pants are on the right way and zippered See more »

Quotes

Nikki Finn: [in a sing-song voice, as she races to pass a train before it reaches the intersection] We'll make it!
Louden Trott: I'll accept anything but a tie.
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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

References Jailhouse Rock (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Chapel Of Love
Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
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Surprisingly Funny
5 January 2001 | by The_HueySee all my reviews

There was so much bad press when this movie was released that I avoided it with all cost. Just the other day I was in a video store that was showing it over their monitors and the few minutes I caught seemed really funny so I rented it. To my surprise, I thought this was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I mean it's a completely silly, screwball comedy, just what I would expect from such a movie. I don't get why most people hated it, I laughed from beginning to end. I am a big fan of Bringing Up Baby and What's Up Doc and in my humble opinion this fits right in with those two. As for Madonna, I'm a fan of her music, especially the last two CD's but feel she is sort of stiff on screen. I feel her best performances were in Evita and A League of Their Own and I would now add Who's that Girl? to this list. She comes across very natural and you can tell she's having a blast with this character. Give this movie a chance. Most stores rent it for a buck and if you really don't like then turn it off, but don't be surprised if you find yourself viewing a guilty pleasure.


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