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Absence of Malice
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Absence of Malice 1981

From Amazon: 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...

Directed By:
No image existsSydney Pollack
Written By:
No image existsKurt Luedtke
No image existsPaul Newman
No image existsSally Field
Bob BalabanBob Balaban
No image existsMelinda Dillon
No image existsLuther Adler
No image existsBarry Primus
No image existsJosef Sommer
No image existsJohn Harkins
No image existsDon Hood
No image existsWilford Brimley

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Absence of Malice Movie Review by AJ (4/14/2006)

An excellent moral/ethical look at journalism from the viewpoint of both the writer and the subject, Absence of Malice also sports strong performances from Sally Field, Paul Newman, and the continually underappreciated Bob Balaban. Pollack makes good use of the thought-provoking screenplay by ex-reporter Kurt Luedtke,...

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