Absence Of Malice (1981)
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An amazing cast including Paul Newman, Sally Field and Wilford Brimley bring this 1981 classic to life.
An example of how an overzealous media, a few over-anxious, ego-driven, fantasy thinking attorneys and a story can tear your life apart. It’s also a lesson in how, if you’re smart, you can stick it to the man.
Miami liquor wholesaler Michael Gallagher (Paul Newman), who is the son of a deceased criminal, awakes one day to find himself a front-page story in the local newspaper, indicating that he is being investigated in the disappearance and presumed murder of a local longshoremen’s union official, Joey Diaz.
The story was written by Miami Standard newspaper reporter Megan Carter (Sally Field), who reads it from a file, left intentionally on the desktop of federal prosecutor Elliot Rosen (Bob Balaban). As it turns out, Rosen is doing a bogus investigation and has leaked it with the purpose of squeezing Gallagher for information.
Gallagher comes to the newspaper’s office trying to discover the basis for the story, but Carter does not reveal her source.
Gallagher’s business is shut down by union officials who are now suspicious of him since he has been implicated in Diaz’s murder. Local crime boss Malderone, Gallagher’s uncle, has him followed, just in case he talks to the government.
Teresa Perrone (Melinda Dillon), a lifelong friend of Gallagher, tells the reporter that Gallagher could not have killed Diaz because Gallagher took her out of town to get an abortion that weekend. A devout Catholic, she does not want Carter to reveal the abortion, but Carter includes it in the story anyway. When the paper comes out the next morning, Perrone picks up the copies from her neighbors’ yards before they can be read. Later, off screen, she commits suicide.
The paper’s editor McAdam tells Carter that Perrone has committed suicide. Carter goes to Gallagher to apologize, but an enraged Gallagher assaults her. Nevertheless, she attempts to make it up to him by revealing Rosen’s role in the investigation.
Gallagher hatches a plan for revenge. He arranges a secret meeting with District Attorney Quinn (Don Hood), offering to use his organized-crime contacts to give Quinn exclusive information on Diaz’s murder, in exchange for the D.A. calling off the investigation and issuing a public statement clearing him. Both before his meeting with Quinn and after Quinn’s public statement, Gallagher makes significant anonymous contributions to one of Quinn’s political action committee backers. Gallagher, thankful for Carter’s help, also begins a love affair with her.
The movie did over 40 million dollars at the box office.
Source: Sal Amato