- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 31, 1998
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 11/18/1981
"...A whale of a good story with something important to say..."
New York Times - 11/19/1981
"...Unusual and rewarding....One of [Newman's] better characters in years..."
While investigating the death of a local union leader, an ambitious young reporter (Sally Field as Megan) becomes involved in a dangerous triangle of love, deceit, and national espionage. After all story leads fall through, shady government agent Rosen cajoles Megan into befriending financier, Gallagher (Paul Newman), a man with filial ties to the Mafia. Becoming Gallagher's confidant, Megan conducts a secret investigation of his life and is soon convinced that Gallagher is involved with the murder. Megan then publishes an article containing a staggering amount of incriminating evidence against him.
Written by American journalist Kurt Luedtke, ABSENCE OF MALICE takes an honest look at the world of journalism. Its dialogue and characters are of the upmost realism. Newman delivers a riveting performance as the innocent "patsy," fingered by the government. Director Pollack and writer Kurt Luedtke team up again four years after this film to script the epic OUT OF AFRICA.
A sixteen-year-old girl runs away from her troubled Lousiana home one summer to live with her rich half-brother, wrecking the lives of everyone she encounters.
- Theatrical release: November 1981.
- Filmed on location in Dade County, Florida.
- "A leak' You call what's going on here a leak' Last time we had leak like this, Noah built himself a boat."--Wells (Wilford Brimley)