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Absence of Malice (1981) Movie Information

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Sydney Pollack


Paul Newman
Sally Field
Bob Balaban
Melinda Dillon
Luther Adler
Wilford Brimley





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Michael Colin Gallagher is the son of a long dead Mafia boss who is a simple liquor warehouse owner. Frustrated in his attempt to solve a murder of a union head, a prosecutor leaks a false story that Gallagher is a target of the investigation, hoping that he will tell them something for protection. As his life begins to unravel, others are hurt by the story. Megan Carter, the reporter, is in the clear under the Absence of Malice rule in slander and libel cases. Knowing nothing to trade to the prosecutors, Gallagher must regain control of his life on different ground.

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Alaine 12/12/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Reporter Sally Field gets used for other people's self-interests. Paul Newman gets smeared in a paper and gets even. Good to watch if you're having an I-feel-like-a-victim day.

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mitchellyoung 08/07/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The plot's somewhat standard, but I think what elevates this film above "Hallmark movie status" are the superb performances turned in by Paul Newman and Sally Field, who have sizzling chemistry throughout.

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PsychoKing1227 05/02/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A fairly good film that I enjoyed in our Film Class when we were studying Pollack. I will have to admit that Paul Newman was at the top of his game, as was Sally Field. A great cast, great story, great direction, for this different type of thriller.

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