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Release Date:
27 January 1989 (USA) See more »
If he's innocent, the truth could save him. If he's guilty, the lies could kill her. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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" Burt Reynolds is a hard, violent and corrupt policeman in this thrilling, cruel and realist film..." See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Hank Carruth
Michael P. Moran ... Tony Reugger
Angelo Rizacos ... Tony Sklar
Lamar Jackson ... Delmar Fraser

Paul Hubbard ... Burt Knight
Larry Reynolds ... Trial Judge

Peter MacNeill ... Brannigan
Laurie Paton ... Mabel
Don Granberry ... Vincent Quinn

Barry Flatman ... Brody

Malcolm Stewart ... Ames
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Kravitz
J. Winston Carroll ... Samson
Kathy Michael McGlynn ... Gladys
Djanet Sears ... Sheila
Claire Cellucci ... Tanya
Micheal Donaghue ... Frank Stelia

Anthony Sherwood ... Lou
Angie McNab ... Amy Farley

Laurie Holden ... Matt's Girl

David Clement ... Warden Debilis
Steve Whistance-Smith ... Lee
David Efron ... Buddy
Stan Barett ... Tiny
Kenny Bates ... Jumper
Matt Cooke ... Arraignment Officer
Michael Rothery ... Doctor
Gene Mack ... Brawny Guard
Chris Thomas ... Nicks' Cops
Norm Henderson ... Nicks' Cops

Stewart Arnott ... Nicks' Assistant

Eddie Driscoll ... Jenny's Assistant
David Ferry ... 1st Cop
Victor Ertmanis ... 2nd Cop

Michael Copeman ... Potential Juror
Diane Douglass ... Woman Juror (as Diane Douglas)
Allan Aarons ... Bastianelli
Steven Hunter ... Bailiff
Jennifer Inch ... Waitress
François Klanfer ... Louis
Terry Tweed ... Arraignment Judge
Louis Negin ... Jake Farley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Roberts ... Principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Crichton 
Writing credits
Steve Ransohoff (story) and
Bill Phillips (story)

Bill Phillips (screenplay)

Produced by
Don Carmody .... executive producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo 
Film Editing by
Glenn Farr 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Dan Yarhi 
Art Direction by
Dennis Davenport 
Set Decoration by
Jacques M. Bradette 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... hair stylist (as David Beecroft)
Philip Leto .... hair stylist: B. Reynolds (as Phil Leto)
Brian McManus .... makeup artist: B. Reynolds
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist: T. Russell (as Dorothy Pearl)
Katherine Southern .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael Brownstone .... unit manager
Marie-France Caron .... unit manager: Montreal
Joseph E. Foley .... unit production manager: Boston (as Joe Foley)
Joyce Kozy King .... production manager
Pierre Laberge .... production manager: Montreal
Lisa Plonsker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... second assistant director
Fergus Barnes .... third assistant director
Alice Bouvrie .... second assistant director: Boston
Don Granberry .... first assistant director
Art Department
Daniel R. Bradette .... assistant set decorator
James F. Breithaupt .... art department controller
J. Tracy Budd .... property master
Brian Carson .... scenic artist
Devra Cohen .... art department trainee
Don Conley .... assistant set decorator
Tracey A. Doyle .... props buyer: Boston (as Tracy Doyle)
James Halpenny .... head carpenter (as Jim Halpenny)
Gustave Meunier .... set decoration buyer
Nancey Pankiw .... assistant art director
Jeff Poulis .... assistant props
Donald Vandewater .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Ross Carter .... assistant sound editor
Paul Coombe .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruno DeGazio .... assistant sound editor
Alison Fisher .... assistant sound editor
Alan Geldart .... sound effects editor
James A. Gore .... foley assistant
Alison Grace .... dialogue editor
Penny Hozy .... dialogue editor
Sharon Lackie .... supervising sound editor
David Lee .... dialogue recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Jim Thompson .... boom operator: Boston
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Rory Cutler .... special effects
Al Griswold .... special effects: Boston
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects
Stan Barrett .... stunt coordinator: Boston
Shelley Cook .... stunt double
Steve Lucescu .... utility stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt double
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Christensen .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David R. Anderson .... gaffer (as David Anderson)
David Crone .... camera operator
Steve Danyluk .... gaffer: Montreal
Marc de Ernsted .... key grip: Montreal
Michael Kohne .... key grip
Piroska Mihalka .... still photographer
Thom Ryan .... focus puller
Dave C. Sheridan .... clapper loader
Joe Vitagliano .... camera operator: Boston second unit
Jack Volpe .... key grip: Boston
Charles Beetz .... best boy: Montreal (uncredited)
Barbara Hanania .... assistant camera: Boston (uncredited)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, Boston (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Toronto
Peter Lavender .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Graham Docherty .... wardrobe master
Madeleine Stewart .... head wardrobe
Editorial Department
Peter Amundson .... additional editor
Larry Engelmann .... color timer
Cherie MacNeill .... assistant editor
Michael Pacek .... assistant editor
Peter Ransohoff .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Transportation Department
Hartley Greenleaf .... transportation captain: Boston
Norm Henderson .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor: Boston
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Michael Brownstone .... location manager
Susanna David .... continuity
Martin Earl .... production office assistant
Lori Greenberg .... production secretary
Jake Miller .... craft service
Mark Moore .... assistant location manager
Cindy Morton .... production executive
Mayda Renizzi-Holt .... assistant production auditor
Ken Ryan .... production auditor
Judith Tatar .... assistant: Mr. Carmody
Deborah Zwicker .... production coordinator
Crew verified as complete

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99 min
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Did You Know?

This movie represented the seventh time Burt Reynolds worked on a theatrical movie with actor Ned Beatty. Their earlier films included Deliverance (1972), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), White Lightning (1973), Gator (1976), Stroker Ace (1983) and Switching Channels (1988).See more »
Continuity: (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:[as Jenny's lips get romantically close to Joe's] No way, Jose.
Joe Paris:I ain't Jose.
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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
" Burt Reynolds is a hard, violent and corrupt policeman in this thrilling, cruel and realist film...", 18 March 1999
Author: ary luiz dalazen jr. ( from Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

A lot before " Payback ", with Mel Gibson, the cinema already showed violent and shocking stories in which the " hero " was, without a doubt, more evil than the bad guys! in those films it was impossible that the people who were watching it become indifferent to the intrigue, and therefore, these films won in the originality inquiry , exactly for showing the " heroes " without artifices, closer to the reality. In 1989, Michael Crichton directed an explosive and tense thriller, and he chose the star Burt Reynolds to interpret the main character... Perhaps Crichton didn't know, but the heavy, powerful and lowering presence of Reynolds helped to transform " Physical Evidence " in one of the best (and more violent) films of the gender, better than " Payback " or any other...with a hate and frustration glance , a cynic and bitter smile and his black and big mustache, Reynolds built one of the most complex and lowering characters of Hollywood's history. Joe Paris (Reynolds) is a hard cop, alcoholic and violent. A man who hates the world and the people in it.He doesn't get to control his temper and he is a true clock-bomb, an unexpected man who is capable to kill somebody at any second. When the body of a well-known boss of the crime is found with his throat cut, Paris becomes, in the eyes of the police, the main suspect, after all the criminal was an old enemy of Joe. Jenny, a public defender, decides to help him, she trusts this mysterious man and she tries to, at every cost, prove his innocence, and she finishes falling in love for him. Managing Michael Crichton builds an excellent film, with a good rhythm, always maintaining the exact dose of suspense and tension.As he had already shown in his other films, Crichton demonstrates that he knows how to ally a good plot with a cast at the same height and value. The scene in which Paris literally destroys some men who insult him is really frightening. He even threads a man's head through the window of the car. Paris is not, without a doubt, the good and nice cop that Bruce Willis interpret, on the contrary, Paris is a killing machine, a man who finds himself strange and full of rage! unlike the characters that Bruce Willis interprets, Joe Paris is revengeful, unfriendly, explosive and intolerant, that is to say, he is not afraid of anything: the death, in the vision of Paris, is a marked encounter for which he waits a long time. Paris is not afraid of death, he knows he has no limits, and he'll kill anyone who trespasses it. " Physical Evidence " is a dark and dramatic thriller. It seems the crime-drama films of the seventies. The movie explores the corrupt policemen's cruel and degrading routine: the prostitutes, the homosexuals, the criminals. In this film, the cops smell cocaine and they kill without pity. The streets are filmed as stages of betrayal and tragedies. In the middle of this treacherous sets "Physical Evidence " intrigue is developed. This is not a film for sensitive people. Reynolds, after his fascinating return in the masterpiece " Boogie Nights ", signed a contract with the television net TNT, owner of the best and largest studio for films made for television, and he offered to his fans of the whole world the same character type again. In " Hard Time ", Reynolds interprets a violent, dangerous and explosive policeman, but perhaps Joe Paris has been his most frightening and mysterious character, a man consumed by the drugs and the hate... Fascinating and violent, this film is a true masterpiece of the gender! watch it! Burt Reynolds once again gives an interpretation show and he demonstrates the reason why he is one of the most consecrated actors of Hollywood! and in this film he has the chance of exploring all his charisma, all his charm and talent. Unlike similar films, like " Die Hard ", a shot in " Physical Evidence " is more violent and shocking than each one of those films together, exactly because Reynolds' film explores the reality! in the films, when a thief is wounded, he falls down on the ground and he dies at once. In " Physical Evidence ", you are wounded, you fall and you die well slowly as it is in fact! intrigue, romance and action, all this is shown in this sad and dark film!it is sad the fact that the Academy didn't recognize the effort and the beauty of this work, and it is also sadder for this film not to have been seen a lot. But you have to discover this work! rent " Physical Evidence " and get ready to root for the bad guy! (and this time the bad guy isn't Mel Gibson - He is Burt Reynolds, the man who makes all the difference!)...

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