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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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

Speaking of his Joe Paris character in "Physical Evidence, a veteran of more than forty films, star Burt Reynolds said: "This seems to be the first true victim I've played in movies. He's a dedicated cop who has lost his temper, lost his job and now he is about to lose his freedom. He's a loner who drinks too much and is emotionally volatile. Joe is not a particularly sympathetic character. Rather than coming to the rescue and taking charge, this time I must turn to someone else to try to bail me out, and it's not just that she's a woman that creates the conflict. Joe and Jenny are as different as night and day". See more »

Goofs

When Theresa Russell slides down the stairs headfirst in the climax of the film, she is clearly wearing knee pads. See more »

Quotes

Joe Paris: [to Nicks and his police escort about Kyle] I think his jock strap is moldy. You wanna look into that?
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Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.2 (2004) See more »

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Agreeably dumb...
16 May 2008 | by moonspinner55See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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