Absence of Malice (1981)
Front Cover Actor
Paul Newman Michael Colin Gallagher
Sally Field Megan Carter
Bob Balaban Elliott Rosen (leader, Justice Dept. Strike Force)
Melinda Dillon Teresa Perrone
Luther Adler Uncle Santos Malderone
Barry Primus Bob Waddell
Josef Sommer McAdam
John Harkins Davidek
Don Hood Dist. Atty. James A. Quinn
Wilford Brimley Asst. U.S. Atty. Gen. James A. Wells
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Sydney Pollack
Producer Sydney Pollack; Ronald L. Schwary
Writer Kurt Luedtke; David Rayfiel
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 1 hr 56 mins
Country USA
Color Color
The ethics of the press are roundly slapped around in an entertaining if not always believable drama from director Sydney Pollack. Sally Field is the Miami reporter who is set up to leak information on a dead-end murder investigation. A sneaky government official (a marvelous, rubber-band-spinning Bob Balaban) provides the information that implies liquor distributor Paul Newman is under investigation. When the story runs, it uncorks a legal quagmire that puts the spotlight on presumably innocent lives. As the lawyers explain, the paper's story is accurate, even though it may be untrue. The details of the story are sharply drawn by first-time screenwriter and former reporter Kurt Luedtke (who later went on to win an Oscar scripting Pollack's Out of Africa); the film could be used in a Media Ethics 101 class. Newman secretly counterattacks in a clever plot to derail the process that quickly encompasses his jittery friend (Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon). Field's continuing ethical gaps--including falling in love with her subject--stretch the film's credibility. Then again, who wouldn't fall for Paul Newman in the Florida sun? --Doug Thomas
Personal Details
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Index 1326
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/1/04
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 011
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 2
Screen Ratio 1.85 Wide Screen / 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
UPC 043396269590
Release Date 4/14/98
Subtitles Arabic; Bulgarian; Czech; Danish; Dutch; English; Finnish; French; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hindi; Hungarian; Icelandic; Italian; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese; Spanish; Swedish; Turkish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 1.0
Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen