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Physical Evidence (1989)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  27 January 1989 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Nicks
Deborah Quinn
Matt Farley
Harry Norton
Ken James ...
Hank Carruth
Michael P. Moran ...
Tony Reugger
Angelo Rizacos ...
Tony Sklar
Lamar Jackson ...
Delmar Fraser
Burt Knight
Larry Reynolds ...
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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 <>

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A suspect. His lawyer. Between the evidence and the passion lies innocence or guilt. See more »


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Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az igazság törvénye  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$3,560,932 (USA)

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This movie's working title was 'Smoke'. See more »


(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 »


Jenny Hudson: [to Joe] Be nice, Mr. Paris. Your ass is in my hands.
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Agreeably dumb...
16 May 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Michael Crichton directed this flighty, flimsy cop-show starring Burt Reynolds as an officer framed for murder. Crichton, who did not pen the script, seems a curious choice to helm such second-rate material, but he makes something enjoyable out of it--even though one is inclined to scoff at the plotting and outrageous incidents in place of laughing (I did both). Laid-back Burt is positively enervated, yet he actually does the picture a favor by playing it so low-keyed (Crichton's general handling is outré enough). Completely outlandish, though it contains some surprising bits of humor and an odd little nasty streak which is intriguing. It's a guilty pleasure, with Crichton chortling in the background. ** from ****

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