Physical Evidence

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Physical Evidence
Physical Evidence.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Crichton
Produced by Martin Ransohoff
Screenplay by Bill Phillips
Story by Bill Phillips
Steve Ransohoff
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Edited by Glenn Farr
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 27, 1989 (1989-01-27)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $3,560,932[1]

Physical Evidence is a 1989 crime thriller film directed by Michael Crichton (in his final film as a director), and stars Burt Reynolds, Theresa Russell and Ned Beatty. It follows Joe Paris, a beleaguered ex-police officer who is incriminated by the evidence, but insisting on his innocence.


Joe Paris awakens one morning with a splitting headache and blood on his shirt. He was drinking and cannot recall the events of the night before. A murder has been committed and Paris' fingerprints are found. He has a history of violence and is placed under arrest. A public defender, Jenny Hudson is assigned to defend him. They develop a physical attraction as they set about trying to determine who really committed the crime.



The film was described by the Chicago Tribune as a "feeble thriller... the worst case of filmmaking-by-numbers, reflecting not an ounce of commitment or conviction".[2] The Los Angeles Times called it "flat and remote... a thriller that doesn't thrill."[3]


  1. ^ Physical Evidence at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Physical Evidence' has nothing to build its case Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 27 Jan 1989: CN37A.
  3. ^ 'Evidence' Guilty of Retrying Old Plots Wilmington, Michael. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 Jan 1989: E6.

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