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PHYSICAL EVIDENCE - Format: [DVD Movie] was a flick that I thought would be fun to see again. And it was.
My favorite parts were the interactions between the characters. Theresa Russell portrayed a defense attorney named Jennifer Hudson, while Burt Reynolds was Joe Paris, the cop on trial for murder.
Watching the growing attraction between these characters as they tried to solve the case (in between trial scenes) was fun, if a bit predictable.
The movie was set in Boston, so I also enjoyed the street scenes, as well as the interiors of some really gorgeous homes, like the loft where Theresa Russell's character lived with her very annoying fiance, who was materialistic and a bit of an obsessive-compulsive snob.
Lots of action, some violence, and a few thrill scenes, especially toward the end--all added up to a so-so movie that I'll probably watch again, but it certainly wasn't one of my favorites. Not like I thought it would be, since back in the eighties I obviously had different tastes.
However, I decided that it deserved three stars.
Reynolds is fine, sailing through on charisma in what is clearly a star vehicle. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Theresa Russell. An impressive and fearless actress in husband Nic Roeg's films which allow her to delve into the darker side of human nature, she's trapped in a part that requires star quality rather than depth, and she ain't got it in spades. She doesn't fluff her lines or bump into the other actors, but that's about all that can be said in favour of her astonishingly stilted and often amateurish performance that lets the film down badly. Aside from Ned Beatty's prosecutor the supporting cast add only a slightly surreal presence in a Boston where everyone seems to have a badly disguised Canadian accent and the streets bear a startling resemblance to Toronto and Montreal.Read more ›
It's a shame that this movie did not come together. It had all the marks of a solid thriller, yet never reaches its mark. I recommend it only for those who (Like Me) love Burt Reynolds and always desire a thriller with stars.
In short, if you can overcome Russell's bad acting and Crichton's lackluster direction (He Got Nothing From His Stars), you might be able to barely stand this below-average movie.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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Hilariously funny. Lots of campy dialogue. Theresa Russell's character comes across as snooty and dislikeable, with an affected and condescending accent. Read morePublished 14 months ago by triton
I enjoyed this film since it falls into my favorite genre "Police Crime Drama - Film Noir". Burt Reynolds plays an broke ex-cop who is accused of murder and he draws a public... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Don B. Walker
I remembered this movie from back when it was on movie channels on TV and wanted to see it again. The DVD was in excellent condition. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by gooddawg
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