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


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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)

Gross USA:

$3,560,932
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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(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: [to Joe] Be nice, Mr. Paris. Your ass is in my hands.
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Forgettable Film.
15 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Author Michael Crichton directed this crime mystery starring Burt Reynolds as suspended policeman Joe Paris, who is suspected of murdering an extortionist. With no alibi or money, Joe must use the services of public defender Jenny Hudson(played by Theresa Russell) who has her work cut out for her, since, even though the murdered man had many enemies, so does Joe, making her investigation difficult. Can she save Joe, and not fall in love with him too? Forgettable film was originally conceived as a sequel to "Jagged Edge". When that fell through, it was rewritten to its present form. Indifferently acted and utterly predictable film has little to recommend it.


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