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4.0 out of 5 stars Good drama depicting corruption in the justice department, 18 Dec 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "You got your selves.", 22 Oct 2005
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Pollack was no Pillock, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars absence of malice may lead to malice, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Absence of Malice, 19 Sep 2013
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I am a Paul Newman fan. So I liked this movie again it is a different take on a storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Newman at his best., 6 April 2013
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Mrs. E. Shonfeld "egirl" (Thames Ditton GB) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful movie, 29 Mar 2013
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One of my favourite films. Grabs you from the start. Lead actors at top of their game and a great ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wheres my oscar?, 13 Nov 2011
You might well ask-Paul Newman at his very very best-what a great actor he was and THIS is the film he should have won his academy award for no doubt.See it and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absence of Malice, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever, 18 Dec 2009
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Fj Mason "John Mason" (derbyshire England) - See all my reviews
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This is one of the best films that Paul Newman, Sally Fields and wilford Brimley have portrayed parts in.
A good story line excellant climax. A jolly good film
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