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Body of Evidence
     

Body of Evidence

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Director: Uli Edel, Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer

Cast: Uli Edel, Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer

 

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Madonna plays Rebecca Carlson, a sex bomb who parades naked in front of the open windows of her houseboat at all hours while the lobstermen catch crabs. This entry in the Basic Instinct sweepstakes poses the question: If love hurts, does sex kill? The judge and jury certainly want to find out when Rebecca's latest conquest, a multi-millionaire, dies of a heart

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Madonna plays Rebecca Carlson, a sex bomb who parades naked in front of the open windows of her houseboat at all hours while the lobstermen catch crabs. This entry in the Basic Instinct sweepstakes poses the question: If love hurts, does sex kill? The judge and jury certainly want to find out when Rebecca's latest conquest, a multi-millionaire, dies of a heart attack while making love to her. Eight million dollars was bequeathed to Rebecca in his will, and District Attorney Robert Garrett (Joe Mantegna) is convinced that Rebecca, knowing that her rich lover had a weak heart, killed him with wild sex so that she could get her mitts on the money. Rebecca's lawyer, Frank Dulaney (Willem Dafoe), thinks differently, suspecting the millionaire's private secretary Joanne Braslow (Anne Archer) of the crime, since she was dumped by the millionaire for Rebecca. Besides which, Frank is attracted to Rebecca himself and throws legal ethics out the window as he starts a sadomasochistic affair with her.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Of all the erotic thrillers that came in the wake of Basic Instinct, Uli Edel's Body of Evidence is arguably the silliest. Although the screenplay attempts to titillate with kinky sex games, the dialogue is flat. Madonna's stale delivery does nothing to help the proceedings. Her Rebecca Carlson is so unappealing, such a non-entity as a human being, even an actor as talented as Willem Dafoe is unable to be credibly attracted to her. Dafoe keeps a pained look on his face throughout most of the film that is supposed to communicate an uncontrollable urge, but one gets the impression that the look betrays the actor's knowledge of how bad the film is. Director Uli Edel had some success in Germany and had achieved art-house respectability with Last Exit to Brooklyn, but Body of Evidence seemed to kill whatever career momentum he had built up to that point. This film is valuable only for pop-culture fiends who savor Madonna's cinematic train wrecks like Swept Away, Dangerous Game, and Shanghai Surprise (to name just a few).

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/1994
UPC:
0027616391438
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Madonna Rebecca Carlson
Willem Dafoe Frank Dulaney
Anne Archer Joanne Braslow
Joe Mantegna Robert Garrett
Julianne Moore Sharon Dulaney
Jürgen Prochnow Dr. Alan Paley
Frank Langella Jeffrey Roston
Stan Shaw Charles Biggs
Charles Hallahan Dr. McCurdy
Lillian Lehman Judge Burnham
Mark Rolston Detective Reese
Jeff Perry Gabe
Richard Riehle Detective Griffin
Mary Jo Slater Actor
Peter Paul Eastman Jury Foreman
Michael Forest Andrew Marsh
Mario de Priest Technician
Mark C. Vincent Male Reporter
Frank Roberts Minister
John Davis Chandler Dr. Novaro
Bryan Clark Clerk
Timi Prulhiere Waitress

Technical Credits
Uli Edel Director
Susan Becker Costumes/Costume Designer
Stuart Boros Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Campayno Makeup
Alison Cross Screenwriter
Tim A. Davison Stunts
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Mel Dellar Producer
Stephen Deutsch Executive Producer
Bernd Eichinger Co-producer
Annie Ellis Stunts
Patricia A. Garhardt Makeup
Melinda Jason Executive Producer
Jerie Kelter Set Decoration/Design
Matt Kutcher Special Effects
Deborah Larsen Makeup
Dennis Maguire Asst. Director
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
Brad Mirman Screenwriter
Thom Noble Editor
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Joe Quinlivan Special Effects
Megann Ratzow Casting
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Michael Rizzo Art Director
Erik Rondell Stunts
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Kurt St. Amant Sound Mixer
Ric Waugh Stunts
Herman Weigel Co-producer
Ben Wilkins Sound Editor
Robert E. Worthington Special Effects

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Body of Evidence 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing but veiled pornography. No plot, pathetic acting . Just an excuse to get Madonna naked. The low point of both Willem Defoe and Joe Mantegna's career.