Evidence of Blood (1998)





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When a local sheriff mysteriously dies, a world-famous, award-winning crime novelist launches a private investigation.
PG-13 (adult situations)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Orion Home Video

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David Strathairn
as Jackson Kinley
Mary McDonnell
as Frankie Conroy
Chris Wiggins
as Horace Talbott
Sean McCann
as Theodore Warfield
Doug Lennox
as Harlan Wade
Bernard Behrens
as Dr. Vernon Stark
Geza Kovacs
as Luther Snow
Linda Goranson
as Mrs. Hunter
Robyn Stevan
as Luanne
Helen Hughes
as Betty Raines
Norma Dell'Agnese
as Kitty Slater
Soo Garay
as Maria
David Ferry
as Norwood
Shaun Smyth
as Print Journalist
Robert Bidaman
as TV Reporter
Melyssa Ade
as Ellie Dinker
Sean Sullivan
as Lloyd Walter Overton
Geoffrey Bowes
as Young Horace Talbott
Jackie Burroughs
as Granny Dollar
Nancy Beatty
as Mrs. Dinker
Marnie McPhail
as Edna Mae Kinley
Mert Hatfield
as Thomas Warfield
Dean McDermott
as Young Harlan Wade
Stuart Hughes
as Young Luther Snow
Byron Long
as Young Jackson Kinley
Leon Pownall
as Gordon Townsend
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Evidence of Blood

Nothing is more fun to watch than a really good mystery, and for nearly an hour, I thought I'd found one in Evidence of Blood. Films like this one really irritate me, because they are so good, well-written, and thoughtful, until the end. In the end, so many weird things happen, and the film twists in so many different directions, that when it's all said and done, the audience is left scratching it's head. Jackson Kinley (David Stathairn) is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, who returns home to the small town he was raised in. He's come back home, because his best friend, the town sheriff, has been found dead. It's no mystery how he died, it was a heart attack, but the mystery lies in where he was found and what he was doing there. Kinley follows the clues and figures out that the sheriff was close to solving the only murder in the towns history, one that took place nearly 30 years earlier. The story here is textbook, as Kinley finds what his buddy was working on and follows the evidence. The viewers learn what he learns as Kinley discovers it. Nothing is held back, leaving us to think for ourselves and letting us trying to figure out who did what and why. To me, these are the best types of mysteries, because they don't assume the audience is brain dead, and it feels like you're actually out there with Kinley, trying to solve the crime. David Stathairn stars, and has been, and will continue to be one of the most underrated actors in all of modern cinema. When you look at his IMDB page, this guy has been in everything and played some huge roles, but for some reason is always overlooked. Rarely is his name at the top of the marquee, but roles like this prove that it should be. For the first hour of Evidence of Blood, I was in love with this film, but then it got to the end, and everything fell apart. The pace of the movie seemingly triples and a million things are thrown at us at once, making for a very confusing and unsatisfying end to an otherwise great story.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

When I see a movie classified as "Thriller," I expect there to be some sort of momentum or excitement involved. "Evidence of Blood" moves so slowly that I may have seen the counter on my dvd player moving backwards. While the film sports an interesting story, it seems like half of the movie is David Strathairn sitting in a chair and speaking his thoughts out loud. Outside of the mediocre acting (and laughable interpretation of an asthma attack), it simply takes too long for the pieces of the puzzle to begin falling into place (a.k.a. 90 minutes of random searching and 18 minutes of a sudden revelation and instantaneous conclusion). This movie is not bad in a "fun" way. It is bad in a "this movie is so boring that re-enacting 127 Hours would be more entertaining" way.

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

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