Body of Evidence

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Body of Evidence woof! 1992 (R)

Bad movie with pretensions takes “Basic Instinct” a step further. Instead of an ice pick and sex, sex itself is used as the weapon in a murder trial featuring Madon- na as the defendant, Dafoe as her lawyer, and Mantegna as the prosecutor. The plot is, of course, secondary to the S&M sex scenes with Dafoe which feature hot wax and broken glass. Madonna's lack of performance is the least of the film's problems since everyone seems to have forgotten any acting talent they possess. Director Edel fails to direct—the film even looks bad. “Body” was the subject of another NC-17 ratings flap but this film shouldn't be seen by anybody. An unrated version is also available. 99m/C VHS, DVD . Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Michael Forest, Charles Hallahan, Mark Rolston, Richard Riehle, Julianne Moore, Frank Langella, Jurgen Prochnow, Stan Shaw; D: Uli Edel; W: Brad Mirman; C: Doug Milsome; M: Graeme Revell. Golden Raspberries '93: Worst Actress (Madonna).