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Absence of Malice [DVD]


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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Luther Adler
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: David Rayfiel, Kurt Luedtke
  • Producers: Sydney Pollack, Ronald L. Schwary
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: Spanish, German, French, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JGO9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,391 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1981, Absence of Malice was a prescient drama set in the world of journalism just before its power exploded out of control. The title refers to a verbal loophole effectively allowing invasion of privacy. After months of fruitlessly investigating the disappearance of a prominent figure, the Justice Division contrive to leak a story that'll flush out information. Unfortunately they pick on the one news gal with a moral backbone lurking behind the all-business façade. Sally Field is superb at controlling the contradictions within Megan, and is perfect next to the resolutely calm Gallagher (an Oscar-nominated Paul Newman). His bogus investigation is sure to backfire, and once the two get together it does so in the most satisfying of ways. Shot in gloriously sunny Miami locations, the film has a constant atmosphere of realism. When it's time to point the finger of blame, the film is given over to the starriest of cameos from Wilfred Brimley as the straight-talking Assistant Attorney General. His differentiation between truth and accuracy ought to be required learning for all journalists.

On the DVD: The sound may be mono, but the picture is crisp enough. A minute-long deleted scene expanding Gallagher's business crisis is in poor condition however and doesn't add much. Neither does the theatrical trailer or three mini Filmographies of director Sidney Pollack, Newman and Field. The real extra treat is a 30-minute documentary, which features new interviews with Pollack, writer Kurt Luedtke, Newman and Field. Everyone has fond memories of making the film, even Field despite her bruises after the rough-and-tumble scene with the usually genteel Newman. --Paul Tonks

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 18 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Mighty good drama depicting corruption in the justice department intending, on the surface, to solve a crime, but, beneath the waters, to further political careers. Sally Field played the self centered, self deluded reporter perfectly against Newman's confused, angry victim.

The plot takes some unexpected turns but develops logically and clearly with just enough suspense to keep viewers entranced. When concluded you realize how all elements of the plot are kept within reasonable bounds and how refreshing that is. Here's a film that relies on character development and an intriguing plot with an important message. No special effects, gore and bedroom scenes needed to make this a great movie.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
Elliott Rosen is an obsessive prosecutor who is desperate to get some inside info on the "mob." He steps in to a moral grey area in his pursuit. Knowing that Michael Colin Gallagher (Paul Newman) is innocent of any crime he plans to push him into finding out who did it. The plan is simple he will leak the false fact out, through reporter Megan Carter (Sally Field), that Gallagher is being investigated. This information has a negative impact on Gallagher's business. Further pursuit leads to a death of the innocent. Naturally the paper that prints this has no intention of retracting. Gallagher finds a unique solution. See if you can spot it.
This movie does not make an immediate impact on you with the exception of Brimley's final confrontation speech. However repeated viewing brings out the subtleties that will make this one of your favorite movies for years to come.
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That is not the best of all films about crime in Miami: we are still a long way from Dexter. There is no real suspense since the person who disappeared six months earlier is not found and the person responsible for his disappearance is not identified either. In fact we have a completely different film than a real criminal investigation.

Some police force, or rather one person, a prosecutor, using that police force decides to target a man who apparently has nothing to do with any real crime, just because his father was a mafia bootlegger, so out of spite and with the intend to . . . and that's just the point: reveal a criminal? But Mr. policeman is acting on a hunch, not real evidence and then later on even without the necessary warrant to tap the phones of the concerned person. So he leaks a file in the first part of this investigation, and then his direct subordinate leaks the file in the second part of the investigation that has actually become totally illegal after the DA had declared it closed

In that net a 34 year old journalist finds herself trapped between hurting people and promoting her career, under the guidance of an editor who will get her off the case when the department of justice gets his big nose in the imbroglio. She hurts a lot of people actually. She even causes the suicide of one person. And that person had told her clearly enough that she couldn't take the publicity of her abortion. But she quoted her name nevertheless.

The man who is targeted just plays back and settles his own accounts with the DA and the police force that is concerned here. He manages to ruin the reputation of the DA and to ruin the career of the cop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Palmer on 28 Feb. 2014
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Great stuff- a little masterpiece which credits film viewers with intelligence and actually dares to take a philosophical and moral stand on the nature of truth in this case in relation to the Press and its readers and the victims of reporters' leaks, in this case an ex-criminal.

Writer is important too -he had beeni n newspaper business all his life so knew his stuff - it shows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julain Bold on 8 Jan. 2014
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Great movie about what seems to be innocent initially but like real life may lead to disasters. So be careful getting involved without knowing possible consequences and assumptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. SINCLAIR on 3 Jan. 2011
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An unusual film, well acted and directed. The tensions created and the situations the characters find them selves in are true to life and very emotional and moving.
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By R. Charnock on 10 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
I just watched this for the first time, i love the performance of Melinda Dillon, a perfect key supporting role, also Wilford Brimley stealing his scene. Newmans' performances got evan better the older he got,the scene with Sally Field when she visits him after Dillons death is great,snarling angrily into her ear, though their reconciliation seemed very unlikely. Other great Newman performances worth catching from this era include, "Fort Apache,The Bronx" "The Verdict" and a little earlier "Slap Shot"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Shonfeld on 6 April 2013
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Enjoyed this Paul Newman film. It's a bit different but none the worse for that and Paul gives a solid performance.
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