Her Alibi (1989)


“There’s no such things as accidents. Only plans other people don’t tell you about.” – Sam

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A mystery writer with writer’s block lies in order to try and protect a beautiful women who has been arrested for murder.

My Take on it – This is another film headlined by Tom Selleck during his very popular days in the 80’s.

He is a great actor, but somehow chose some very so-so films over hos career and this film fits perfectly on that list.

The premise of the film of having a writer use life as a basis for a novel works well here and despite being used in other films, this one still feels somewhat unique in its approach and it stays interesting throughout.

The film has a great mystery story within it and they find ways to keep things suspenseful and filled with tension from start to finish.

Love the way that they place various characters in situations that can be interpreted in numerous ways which adds to the mystery of it all.

Apparently, there was lots of tension between Selleck and his co-star Paulina Porizkova during filming (See Trivia Section below) and that must have helped contribute to the tension between their characters during the movie.

The story starts off really well, but loses steam part of the way through because it doesn’t manage to hold up well enough.

Once things start to become clearer as to what is going on, the story begins to fall apart because things aren’t nearly as strong as they seemed to be earlier.

Bottom Line – Another so-so film with Selleck from the 80’s. He’s a great actor, but his choices back then were never the greatest. The film has an intriguing premise that has been used elsewhere yet they find ways to keep things interesting throughout. The mystery is portrayed quite well the whole way through and they find ways to put various characters in situations that can be interpreted in numerous ways. Apparently, the tension between the two lead characters off screen helps keep the tension high on screen too (See Trivia Section below) because nothing seems to go smoothly enough for them.  The story itself is a bit lackluster in its efforts and once things become clear as to what is going on, things aren’t as strong as they seemed to be previously.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lead actors Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova had such a bad time on this movie that by the time filming ended, they refused to be in the same room with each other. To make the ad poster for the film, director Bruce Beresford had to photo shoot them both separately, and digitally combine the two photos using Paintbox software, so that it looked like Selleck was standing behind Porizkova with his arms around her. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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