Absence of Malice

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  • PG
In America, can a man be guilty until proven innocent? Suppose you picked up this morning's newspaper and your life was a front page headline... and everything they said was accurate but not true. This is the dilemma that must be faced in this timely... read more
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In America, can a man be guilty until proven innocent? Suppose you picked up this morning's newspaper and your life was a front page headline... and everything they said was accurate but not true. This is the dilemma that must be faced in this timely drama about the incredible power of the press. Michael Gallagher (played by Paul Newman in an Oscar-nominated role) reads in the paper that he is the subject of a criminal investigation. Suddenly, everything he has ever worked for is in jeopardy. He confronts the author, Megan Carter (Sally Field), a relentless investigative reporter. Together they learn that the story was purposely leaked to Carter as part of a plot by the chief investigator. Gallagher's life hangs in the balance as he and Carter try to uncover the truth.

Original Release

11/19/1981

US Release

11/19/1981

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Cast

Paul Newman Gallagher / Michael Colin Gallagher
Sally Field Megan / Megan Carter
Wilford Brimley Wells / James J. Wells
Bob Balaban Rosen / Elliott Rosen
Melinda Dillon Teresa / Teresa Perrone
Luther Adler Malderone / Santos Malderone
Barry Primus Waddell / Robert Waddell
Josef Sommer McAdam
John Harkins Davidek
Don Hood Quinn / James A. Quinn
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Sydney Pollack

Writers

Kurt Luedtke, David Rayfiel

Cast

Paul Newman Gallagher / Michael Colin Gallagher
Sally Field Megan / Megan Carter
Wilford Brimley Wells / James J. Wells
Bob Balaban Rosen / Elliott Rosen
Melinda Dillon Teresa / Teresa Perrone
Luther Adler Malderone / Santos Malderone
Barry Primus Waddell / Robert Waddell
Josef Sommer McAdam
John Harkins Davidek
Don Hood Quinn / James A. Quinn
Bill Hindman Priest
Arnie Ross Eddie Frost
Phanie Napoli Nickie
Shelley Spurlock Sarah Wylie
Shawn McAllister Hood 1
Joe Petrullo Hood 2
William Kerwin Walker
Oswaldo Calvo John
Clardy Malugen Donna
Sharon Anderson Secretary

Producers

Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer
Sydney Pollack Producer

Editors

Sheldon Kahn

1982OscarBest Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1982OscarBest Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1982OscarBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
1982Golden GlobeBest Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1982Golden GlobeBest Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
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