|PHYSICAL EVIDENCE (director: Michael Crichton; screenwriter: Bill Phillips/story by Steve Ransohoff]; cinematographer: John A. Alonzo; editor: Glenn Farr; music: Henry Mancini; cast:Burt Reynolds (Joe Paris), Theresa Russell ( Jenny Hudson), Ned Beatty ( James Nicks), Kay Lenz (Deborah Quin), Tom O'Brien (Matt Farley), Ted McGinley (Kyle); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Martin Ransohoff; Vestron Video (Columbia); 1989)|
|"An ill-served courtroom
under the uneven direction of
by Dennis Schwartz
The sequel to
Jagged Edge (1985) is an ill-served courtroom
drama under the uneven direction of
author-turned-director Michael Crichton
("Coma"/"Runaway"/"The Great Train Robbery"). It
flopped at the box office despite interesting
performances by co-stars Burt Reynolds and Theresa
Russell. The story is by Steve Ransohoff
and the muddled
over-plotted script is by Bill Phillips.
Reynolds is a hard-living ex-cop, suspended from the
force because of his bad temper. He awakens from a
drunken stupor to find himself accused of the murder
of a notorious gangster even though he doesn't
remember committing the crime. Burt is unable to
provide an alibi and the crime scene is filled with
physical evidence against him, leaving him in big
trouble. The self-destructive cop is defended by the
ambitious yuppie public defender lawyer Theresa
Russell, who is opposed by the conviction happy
veteran prosecutor Ned Beatty.
Ted McGinley is the stockbroker boyfriend of Theresa, who grows antsy over the time she spends on the case.
REVIEWED ON 9/3/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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