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Physical Evidence (1989)

A police officer suspended and now accused of murder is forced to join forces with his court-appointed attorney to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle to find the missing link before time runs out.

Director:

Michael Crichton

Writers:

Steve Ransohoff (story), Bill Phillips (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Joe Paris
Theresa Russell ... Jenny Hudson
Ned Beatty ... James Nicks
Kay Lenz ... Deborah Quinn
Ted McGinley ... Kyle
Tom O'Brien ... Matt Farley
Kenneth Welsh ... Harry Norton
Ray Baker ... Strickler
Ken James Ken James ... Hank Carruth
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Tony Reugger
Angelo Rizacos Angelo Rizacos ... Tony Sklar
Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson ... Delmar Fraser
Paul Hubbard ... Burt Knight
Larry Reynolds ... Trial Judge
Peter MacNeill ... Brannigan
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Storyline

Extortionist Jake Farley is found strangled, and the clues lead directly to former detective Joe Paris, who insists on his innocence but can't provide an alibi. Public defendant Jenny Hudson gets the case, but has problems unravelling the case, complicated by the fact that virtually everyone hated Farley, and Paris has a few enemies as well. She rejects the prosecution's offers to plea bargain, but meanwhile the witnesses she finds are discredited or silenced, and an unidentified patrol car shadows Paris and Hudson wherever they go. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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If he's innocent, the truth could save him. If he's guilty, the lies could kill her. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az igazság törvénye See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,777,358, 29 January 1989

Gross USA:

$3,560,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,560,932
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Regarding the Jenny Hudson character she plays in "Physical Evidence" actress Theresa Russell said: "What particularly intrigued me about Jenny was that she is as strong as her male counterpart in the film, actually stronger in most ways. He is dependent on her, and that is rare on screen today. "Joe and Jenny have a clear, adult relationship, the kind that seems to be regaining popularity with audiences. They meet, they assess and test each other, and they know they will never change the other". See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 27 mins) It is night when the cop brings food to the cruiser. But, seconds later it is clearly daytime. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Hudson: [as Jenny's lips get romantically close to Joe's] No way, Jose.
Joe Paris: I ain't Jose.
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Mild police drama.
20 December 2015 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Originally intended to be the sequel to "Jagged Edge", the Burt Reynolds vehicle "Physical Evidence" is just barely adequate. The veteran star, and noted author / occasional filmmaker Michael Crichton, seem to be just going through the motions. A very routine and forgettable picture, it's clumsily written, boringly handled, and saved to a degree by a solid supporting cast.

Burt plays Joe Paris, a detective with a nasty temper who's currently on suspension. He makes a plausible suspect when a notorious sleazy criminal turns up dead, and it's up to the crusading public defender Jenny Hudson (Theresa Russell) to clear his name.

Russell tries hard, and does look absolutely great, but she is indeed simply miscast in her role. Burt looks like he can't wait to leave the set and cash his paycheck. Burts' frequent co- star Ned Beatty has a welcome presence as the district attorney who is sure that the case is a slam dunk for him. Kay Lenz is also lovely as always, and appealing, as a mobsters' wife. Ted McGinley is appropriately odious as Jenny's smarmy yuppie boyfriend. Tom O'Brien is a convincing jerk as the obnoxious lowlife son of the murder victim. Kenneth Welsh is excellent as always as a snooty crime kingpin. And Ray Baker does what he can with an underwritten role as a cop.

Somewhat slick, but too predictable, and too silly, to really work all that well.

Filmed in Toronto and Boston.

Five out of 10.


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