Netflix refers to their four-star offering Body of Evidencewith two perfectly descriptive words: steamy and suspenseful. The film category, erotic thriller, is right on for this hot and sticky who done it or didn’t flick. An ever sensual Madonna plays the lead role of Rebecca Carlson, a powerful and irresistibly beautiful woman on trial for murdering her rich, old lover. Her defense attorney, played by Willem Dafoe, is by far sexier than in most of his later roles. Joe Mantegna, the DA, is convinced the cause of death was premeditated sex which rendered the old geezer’s heart permanently out of order.
Body of Evidence, produced by Dino De Laurentiis and distributed by Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer, was first released in 1993 with a censored R rating. The video released some years later restored deleted scenes thus rendering the film even hotter than the original. Although Roger Ebert considered this one his most hated films, for reasons that escape me; this could become one of your favorites if you enjoy real Hollywood movies with simulated sex scenes galore that are steamy, steamy, steamy.
Madonna fans as well as court room drama fans are urged to get their own copy of this film. It would look a lot more respectable on the shelves of your home movie collection than well known X-rated films such as Debbie Does Dallas. The only potential hitch for porn lovers RE: Body of Evidence would be the wealth of story line and dialogue. There’s plenty of salacious celebrity nudity… enough to make anyone wonder if body doubles were used. It’s also a great compromise for couples in which a porn-phobic partner would acquiesce and agree to watch a sexy, sexy, sexy mainstream (sort of) film.