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Absence Of Malice

Absence Of Malice(1981)

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  • Good chemistry between Paul Newman and Sally Field

    • Rhonda
    • 6/5/12

    Great direction by Sydney Pollack, as always.Paul Newman and Sally Field have surprisingly good chemistry together, especially in the scene where he first goes to her apartment to apologize. Good 1980s set decoration--Meghan has a great Miami apartment.Good score by Dave Grusin.

  • The Devil's in the Details....

    • Gene
    • 5/26/12

    Saw this anew the other night after many years. Great cast - Great movie.The only weak link was that TPTB soft peddled the Sally Fields character. And the 'involvement' subplot was put in as a set up for the punch-line "It's not true, but it's accurate."It would have been better if she were even slightly ruthless, or recklessly ambitious. At least let her be sleeping with the Fed Robert to get access to stories. There is no redemption without sin.Irving Thalberg knew that minor changes in story elements can effect the nature of a movie,

  • What's it all about?

    • John
    • 5/22/12

    I have watched this movie 4 or 5 times. Maybe it had a significant type of plot in 1981, I am certainly old enough to remember going to the movies then as I am 63 now. The story line is weak and contrived, dull and lackluster. Paul Newman overplays the chip-on-the-shoulder routine and for as great an actress as Sally Field is, she just couldn't get the smoking bit right; she looks like a 13-year old kid smoking Virginia Slims in English class. And could she say "Gallagher" just one more time, please? I enjoy watching it for the on-location filming with all of the 1981 society in play. I know many people love this movie, but I just wonder, what's it all about?

  • What is the Truth?

    • James Sleep
    • 9/29/08

    Paul Newman plays Michael Gallagher an innocent, hard working wharehouse owner with vague familial connections to crime. Bob Balaban plays Elliot Rosen a federal prosecutor running out of leads to solve the murder of a local union head. Rosen is convinced that Gallagher has or can get information concerninng the crime. In an attempt to pressure Gallagher to action Rosen allows Megan Carter, an aggressive reporter played by Sally Field, to "accidently" see a report marking Gallagher as under investigation. The next day it is printed in the paper turning Gallagher's life upside down. This movie is very well written and while it is deeply psychological it moves like an action flick. It deals with many important issues like absence of malice laws, the difference between accuracy and truth, and the concept of moral imperatives as they might apply to the media. This is one of those rare movies that you want to see again every once in awhile. This is one of my favorite movies and I recommend it whole heartedly.

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