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Physical Evidence (1989)



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In this police drama, a cop gets suspended after using excessive force. When a murder occurs, he finds himself the prime suspect. He is defended by a court-appointed lawyer who helps him prove his innocence.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Vestron Video

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Burt Reynolds
as Joe Paris
Theresa Russell
as Jenny Hudson
Ned Beatty
as James Nicks
Kay Lenz
as Deborah Quinn
Tom O'Brien
as Matt Farley
Kenneth Welsh
as Harry Norton
Ray Baker
as Strickler
Ken James
as Hank Carruth
Michael P. Moran
as Tony Reugger
Angelo Rizacos
as Tony Sklar
Lamar Jackson
as Delmar Fraser
Paul Hubbard
as Burt Knight
Larry Reynolds
as Trial Judge
Peter MacNeill
as Brannigan
Don Granberry
as Vincent Quinn
J.W. Carroll
as Samson
Djanet Sears
as Sheila
Michael Donaghue
as Frank Stella
Angie McNab
as Amy Farley
Laurie Holden
as Matt's Girl
David Clement
as Warden Debilis
David Efron
as Buddy
Dave Efron
as Buddy
Ken Bates
as Jumper
Matt Cooke
as Arraignment Officer
Gene Mack
as Brawny Guard
Stewart Arnott
as Nick's Assistant
Chris Thomas
as Nicks' Cop
Norm Henderson
as Nicks' Cop
Eddie Driscoll
as Jenny's Assistant
Michael Copeman
as Potential Juror
Diane Douglas
as Woman Juror
Allan Aarons
as Bastianelli
Steven Hunter
as Bailiff
Jennifer Inch
as Waitress
Diane Douglass
as Woman Juror
Terry Tweed
as Arraignemnt Judge
Louis Negin
as Jake Farley
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Critic Reviews for Physical Evidence

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

So choppily assembled none of the various clues and innumerable suspects ever seem to lead anywhere.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Top Critic

The case is crazy with clues, fights, new characters who fail to detain the attention, and all-important tapes containing something or other. The resolution is rubbish.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Reynolds has appeared in a long string of stinkers in recent years, but this time, the trouble isn't his fault.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The problem is that there is no chemistry at all between Reynolds and Russell; they stand near each other and speak words of emotion, but there's not much light in their eyes and they don't budge the needle on the romantic voltmeter.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A showcase for Russell's amateurism, the director's ineptitude and the screenwriter's clogged pen.

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

The many cliche elements in Physical Evidence are whipped into some semblance of new life.

Full Review… | June 8, 2016
Tulsa World

Audience Reviews for Physical Evidence

Terribly written, terribly acted, terribly directed. Terrible!!!

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


4.5/10. Strictly routine and unoriginal, nothing new here. Burt Reynolds is fair, he doesn't seem to want to be making the film, Theresa Russell is actually bad. I usually like her work, but she is miscast in this and her acting is awful. Slow moving, not very exciting. A waste of talent.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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