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Body of Evidence (1992)



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Movie Info

A married attorney agrees to defend a woman accused of murdering her older, wealthy bed partner by doing a number on his heart, among other things, during a night of deviant sex. After the attorney himself indulges in a bit of S&M play with his client, he impresses the jury with sufficient doubt of her guilt and gets her off -- but that isn't the end of the film. Willem Dafoe and Madonna star in this erotic suspense feature.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Mirman , Alison Cross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 3, 2002


as Rebecca Carlson

as Frank Dulaney

as Robert Garrett

as Joanne Braslow

as Sharon Dulaney

as Dr. Alan Paley

as Charles

as Dr. McCurdy

as Judge Burnham

as Detective Reese

as Detective Griffin

as Andrew Marsh

as Technician

as Technician

as 2nd Technician

as Photographer

as Male Reporter

as Minister

as Michael Dulaney

as Jury Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Body of Evidence

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10)

While he may be marginally better at directing kinky sex scenes than Instinct's Paul Verhoeven, [Edel is] stuck with a fairly ho-hum script by Brad Mirman.

Full Review… | July 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A courtroom drama built around the charge that Madonna's body is a deadly weapon with which she 'fornicated' a man to death, this showcase for the singer-thesp as femme fatale is more silly than erotic.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

[There's] no tension.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A sluggish courtroom melodrama relieved only by unintenional laughter.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A bland, utterly silly, curiously provincial courtroom drama.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

What do you say about this kind of movie?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Body of Evidence

A woman is accused of killing her lover. Whay does Madonna do these movies. She should stick to what she's good at - singing.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


This erotic-thriller in the fumbling scenes of sado-masochism lead only to embarrassment. Willem Dafoe has never looked more uncomfortable, while Madonna as the body in question is no Sharon Stone.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Willem Dafoe plays a lawyer who becomes involved with his client, Madonna, a woman accused of intentionally murdering her rich, elderly lover through strenuous, kinky sex; coincidentally, he left her $ 8 million in his will.

For an "erotic thriller," the film somehow managed to be entirely devoid of any erotic quality although there is no lack of sex: we've got hot wax, handcuffs, oral sex, parking garage car hood sex and various other forms of action.

My opinion: Sex thrillers work best when the sex is used as an additional spice to the story, not the focus of the story and Willem Dafoe may be many things and a very versatile actor, but sex god he isn't. Nevertheless, even with these flaws it is interesting to view. The courtroom scenes are moderately entertaining and Julianne Moore is good as the anger stricken wife of Dafoe while Anne Archer is very effective as the secretary with her own agenda and the sadomasochistic sex scenes....well, if you're into watching this kind of stuff, they may prove to be fairly entertaining as well. I did like the ending. "Karma, everyone gets what they deserve in the end."

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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