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Writers (WGA):
Steve Ransohoff (story) and
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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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  (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
Location Management
Michael Brownstone .... location manager
Mark Moore .... assistant location manager
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
Susanna David .... continuity
Martin Earl .... production office assistant
Lori Greenberg .... production secretary
Jake Miller .... craft service
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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The meaning and relevance of this courtroom drama movie's title Physical Evidence (1989) is that it is a legal term that refers to evidence that is of the form of a physical object that is used to prove a fact, the proving in issue derived from the object's demonstrable physical characteristics. Physical Evidence can be the whole or just a part of a physical object.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 »
Joe Paris:[to Nicks and his police escort about Kyle] I think his jock strap is moldy. You wanna look into that?See more »


What was the title of the theme music played at the start of the movie?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Agreeably dumb..., 16 May 2008
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

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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