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Absence of Malice
     

Absence of Malice

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Director: Sydney Pollack,

Cast: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban

 

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In this legal drama from director Sydney Pollack, Sally Field stars as Megan, an ambitious newpaper reporter who, based on information from FBI investigator Rosen, played by Bob Balaban, writes a scathing article that implicates Gallagher, a reclusive business-owner played by Paul Newman, in the recent disappearance of a labor leader. When Gallagher confronts Megan

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In this legal drama from director Sydney Pollack, Sally Field stars as Megan, an ambitious newpaper reporter who, based on information from FBI investigator Rosen, played by Bob Balaban, writes a scathing article that implicates Gallagher, a reclusive business-owner played by Paul Newman, in the recent disappearance of a labor leader. When Gallagher confronts Megan and sets her straight, the two team together to prove his innocence and have a few romantic interludes along the way. Wilford Brimley and Melinda Dillon also star.

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Kurt Luedtke translated his own experiences as a big-city newspaper editor at the Detroit Free Press to write his first feature film. He earned an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay for his journalistically credible story about a naïve, eager-beaver young reporter (Sally Field) misled by a federal investigator into fingering the wrong man (Paul Newman) in the murder of a longshoreman's union official. Directed by Sydney Pollack, the film was a box-office hit and also earned Oscar nominations for Newman and supporting actress Melinda Dillon. Most memorable is the scene in which Newman barges into the newspaper's city room to confront Field. Like most Pollack films, Absence of Malice is a showcase for its actors, who give depth and color to a polished though fairly conventional entry in the fading genre of newspaper movies. Luedtke later wrote an Oscar-winning screenplay for Pollack's Out of Africa and had a co-writer credit on the acclaimed Schindler's List.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381684223
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
615

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Michael Gallagher
Sally Field Megan Carter
Bob Balaban Rosen
Melinda Dillon Teresa
Luther Adler Malderone
Wilford Brimley Wells
Barry Primus Waddell
Josef Sommer McAdam
John Harkins Davidek
Don Hood Quinn
Jeff Gillen 3rd Reporter
Lynn Stalmaster Actor
Diane Zolten Reporter
Arnie Ross Eddie Frost
Anna Marie Napoles Nickie
Shelley Spurlock Sarah Wylie
Shawn McAllister Mobster
Joe Petrullo Mobster
Rooney Kerwin Walker
Oswaldo Calvo John
Sharon Anderson Secretary
Jodie Wilson Ragged Lady
Ilse Earl Nun
Alfredo Alvarez Calderon Rodriquez
Bill Hindman Priest
John Archie FBI Agent
Timothy Hawkins FBI Agent
Ted Bartsch Beverage Manager
Laurie V. Logan McAdam's Assistant
Jack McDermott News Staff
Mark Harris News Staff
Lee Sandman News Staff
John DiSanti Longshoreman
Patrick Sullivan Meersma
Barry Hober News Staff

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Producer
Don L. Cash Makeup
John Franco Set Decoration/Design
James Glennon Camera Operator
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Kurt Luedtke Screenwriter
Terence Marsh Producer,Production Designer
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer,Production Manager

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side 1: Absence of Malice: FULLSCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:48]
2. History Lesson [1:10]
3. Something Out Of School [2:17]
4. Elliot Rosen [5:59]
5. "our Story Is True" [1:58]
6. Chapter 6 [3:38]
7. Q & A With Teresa [9:05]
8. Questioning Mike [3:23]
9. Questioning Megan [4:09]
10. Union Problems [2:18]
11. Going Hunting [8:41]
12. Megan Meets Teresa [6:39]
13. The Story Breaks [1:38]
14. "there's Been An Accident." [2:50]
15. Details [5:04]
16. The Funeral [1:42]
17. A Job To Do [1:09]
18. Desk Time? [2:44]
19. His Meeting, His Agenda [2:08]
20. In Megan's Apartment [3:31]
21. Terminating The Investigation [1:14]
22. Elliot's Idea [1:27]
23. Reconciled [2:29]
24. Setting Them Up [2:09]
25. 11 Am Meeting [:58]
26. "gallagher Paid Off Quinn." [1:37]
27. Truth [5:55]
28. The Inquiry [23:13]
Side #2 -- Side 2: Absence of Malice: WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:48]
2. History Lesson [1:10]
3. Something Out Of School [2:17]
4. Elliot Rosen [5:59]
5. "our Story Is True." [1:58]
6. James Quinn [3:38]
7. Q & A With Teresa [9:05]
8. Questioning Mike [3:23]
9. Questioning Megan [4:09]
10. Union Problems [2:18]
11. Going Hunting [8:41]
12. Megan Meets Teresa [6:39]
13. The Story Breaks [1:38]
14. "there's Been An Accident." [2:50]
15. Details [5:04]
16. The Funeral [1:42]
17. A Job To Do [1:09]
18. Desk Time? [2:44]
19. His Meeting, His Agenda [2:08]
20. In Megan's Apartment [3:31]
21. Terminating The Investigation [1:14]
22. Elliots Idea [1:27]
23. Reconciled [2:29]
24. Setting Them Up [2:09]
25. 11 Am Meeting [:58]
26. "gallagher Paid Off Quinn." [1:37]
27. Truth [5:55]
28. The Inquiry [23:13]

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Absence of Malice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not for the shallow,do my thinking for me. The characters are real life. The Director and all the cast really hit the top. This one will have you guessing from one moment to the next,angry,sad and happy. I first saw it over 20 years ago and still remember the feelings while watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The acting is very good and the screenplay is also very good. There are very likable characters, sympathetic characters, and very unlikable charaters in the movie; a good mix. There are a few subplots but the movie is not difficult to follow as long as you are willing to wait till the end for everything to come together. Wilford Brimley is OUTSTANDING in his brief role as a US District Attorney. If you are clever enough you may figure out what is going on before the climactic scene with Brimley, but it plays out wonderfully. Paul Newman and Sally Field have good dialogue. Although it ends on an up note, it's not an ''everybody feels good at the end'' kind of movie. Some may say the film knocks the press, but upon a deeper look I think it's all about taking responsibility for our actions; something our society is not very good at today. This movie points out how all actions have consequences, often far beyond what you intended. I give it 5 stars. It's one of my all-time favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like deep, thought provoking movies that keep you really thinking the whole time, watch Absence of Malice. This movie is not for shallow movie watchers (cough, American Pie) but you really need to focus your attention on it to understand the trueness of the movie. In fact, the only weird thing about it is just the photography, slightly skewed at times since it was filmed 20 years ago. Besides that, it is a highly enjoyable, excellent ride.
BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
Meghan Carter (Sally Field) is a reporter who uncovers what she believes is a true story regarding Michael Gallagher (Paul Newman) -- that he was somehow involved in the disappearance of Joseph Diaz. In her rush to get this story to print, she doesn't consider how her actions will affect others. What's even worse, Meghan meets Michael when he comes to the newspaper office asking about the source of story. After several meetings, Meghan discovers that she's very attached to Michael Gallagher. When she publishes a story from Michael's alibi witness, Teresa, that he was not involved in the crime, Teresa kills herself that morning as it contained a secret that Teresa did not want to make known. Sally Fields and Paul Newman give superb acting in this movie and I would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie. I saw it when it first came out and have purchased it for my movie library of classics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie Absence of Malice in my English Class. The movie was hard to understand and was retarded. In fact, you could say the movie ''sucked butt''!