Absence of Malice

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/1996
  • UPC: 043396601161
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Gallagher, Michael Gallagher
Sally Field Megan, 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
Sharon Anderson Secretary
John Archie FBI Agent
Ted Bartsch Beverage Manager
Alfredo Alvarez Calderon Rodriquez
Oswaldo Calvo John
John DiSanti Longshoreman
Ilse Earl Nun
Jeff Gillen 3rd Reporter
Mark Harris News Staff
Timothy Hawkins FBI Agent
Bill Hindman Priest
Barry Hober News Staff
Rooney Kerwin Walker
Laurie V. Logan McAdam's Assistant
Shawn McAllister Mobster
Jack McDermott News Staff
Anna Marie Napoles Nickie
Joe Petrullo Mobster
Arnie Ross Eddie Frost
Lee Sandman News Staff
Shelley Spurlock Sarah Wylie
Lynn Stalmaster
Patrick Sullivan Meersma
Jodie Wilson Ragged Lady
Diane Zolten Reporter
Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director, Producer
Don L. Cash Makeup
John Franco Jr. 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great. Excellent Movie. 5 out of 5 stars

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pertinent, Thought Provoking, Entertaining

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Paul Newman is outstanding as Michael Gallagher.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Newman at his best.

    Excellent movie. I saw it when it first came out and have purchased it for my movie library of classics.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't see this movie

    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''!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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