Physical Evidence is a 1989 crime thriller film directed by Michael Crichton. It stars Burt Reynolds alongside Theresa Russell and Ned Beatty. Reynolds plays Joe Paris, a beleaguered ex-police officer, 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 can't 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.