Body of Evidence

January 15th, 1993


Body of Evidence

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A woman is accused of killing a man to inherit his millions by having sex with him.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 4.1/10 (7,155 voted)

Director: Uli Edel

Stars: Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna

A millionaire is found dead of heart failure handcuffed to the bed with a home video tape of him and his lover. When cocaine is found in his system, and his will leaves $8 million to his lover, they arrest her on suspicion of murder. Her lawyer succumbs to her charms, and he begins a torrid and kinky affair with her. As new evidence turns up during trial, he begins to wonder if he's defending a murderer.

Madonna - Rebecca Carlson
Michael Forest - Andrew Marsh
Joe Mantegna - Robert Garrett
Charles Hallahan - Dr. McCurdy
Mark Rolston - Detective Reese
Richard Riehle - Detective Griffin
D. Scot Douglas - Printman
Mario DePriest - Technician
John DeLay - 2nd Technician
Ross Huffman-Kerr - Photographer
Anne Archer - Joanne Braslow
Willem Dafoe - Frank Dulaney
Mark C. Vincent - Male Reporter
Frank Roberts - Minister
Julianne Moore - Sharon Dulaney

Taglines: This is the murder weapon. Her name is Rebecca.


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 15 January 1993

Filming Locations: Olympia, Washington, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $13,275,426 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Australia:  | Spain:  | UK:  | USA: (unrated version)  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Patricia Cornwell wrote a novel with the same title. She successfully lobbied for a disclaimer in film's trailer and advertisements, saying the film had no connection to her novel.

Continuity: As Frank chases Rebecca up the stairs, there is a wide shot in which he clearly tears her dress, however in the next shot the dress is intact, only to be ripped again, as Rebecca runs up the same stairs as the previous shot.

Rebecca Carlson: All we did was make love.
Frank Dulaney: In handcuffs.
Rebecca Carlson: It was different, but it was still making love. Have you ever seen animals make love, Frank? It's intense. It's violent. But they never really hurt each other.
Frank Dulaney: We're not animals.
Rebecca Carlson: Yes, we are.

User Review

Why does this film get so much slack? It's not that bad at all!!

Rating: 9/10

It's been a while since Body of Evidence was released to theaters and rejected by critics and the public. But I'm not at all ashamed to admit that I still get kicks out of popping this film into the vcr and getting completely entangled in the story. It's thought provoking. Can someone literally be, umm, sexed to death?

And why do people think Madonna did such a bad job in this film? She was perfect in doing exactly what she needed to in order to develop her character--the sultry Rebecca Carlson. I mean, come on! Who else could look so sexy as the mega bad girl delivering a line like "I f***--that's what I do." Madonna is superb and I think she really proved critics wrong when she won a golden globe for Evita a few years after Body of Evidence was released.

The plot of this movie is one of the most interesting story lines I have ever known. Is Rebecca a out of control dominatrix who really did sex her much older lover to death? That's what the prosecution tries to prove as they charge her for murder after her wealthy older lover is found dead. Throughout the film, the plot thickens and you're not sure if Rebecca is a murderous bitch or not. And the sex scenes in this are highly erotic! Madonna, come my way with that candle wax any day of the week! And the look in her eyes as she teases her lawyer by shoving her fingers down her panties---Geez, that look is classic!

Body of Evidence may not be Oscar caliber, but hell, was Titanic? I don't think so. But if you're in for a sinful delight, you should go rent Body of Evidence right now.


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