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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from 8,821 votes
||Release: 18 March 1982 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
||Director: Sydney Pollack,
||Stars: Arnie Ross, Barry Primus, Bob Balaban, Don Hood, Joe Petrullo, John Harkins, Josef Sommer, Luther Adler, Melinda Dillon, Paul Newman, Phanie Napoli, Sally Field, Shawn McAllister, Shelley Spurlock, Wilford Brimley
||Synopsis: Mike Gallagher is a Miami liquor wholesaler whose deceased father was a local mobster. The FBI organized crime task force has no evidence that he's involved with the mob but decide to pressure him perhaps revealing something - anything - about a murder they're sure was a mob hit. The let Megan Carter, a naive but well-meaning journalist, know he is being investigated and Gallagher's name is soon all over the newspaper. Gallagher has an iron-clad alibi for when the murder occurred but won't reveal it to protect his fragile friend Teresa. When Carter publishes her story, tragedy ensues. Needing to make amends, Carter tells Gallagher the source of the first story about him and he sets out to teach the FBI and the Federal Attorney a lesson. Written by garykmcd
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For a while back in the seventies the hottest political property in New
York State was one Maurice Nadjari. He was appointed a special
prosecutor and ran up a big string of convictions of various figures on
the New York scene.
Then his convictions began being tossed out one by one until a once
feared figure became a laughingstock. Turned out he used tactics very
similar to those countenanced by Bob Balaban in this film.
Nadjari turned out in the end to be worse than any of the people he was
prosecuting. That's the message here, don't idealize some of these
prosecutors on a white horse.
Bob Balaban is part of the Justice Department Strike Force looking into
the murder of a labor leader in Florida. It's been months and his
investigation is yielding bupkis. So he tries some extralegal tactics.
Paul Newman is the son of a reputed mobster, but who's been out of the
rackets for years. But Balaban leaks to gullible reporter Sally Field
that Newman is the target of his investigation. The idea is for Newman
to go undercover and work to get information on his uncle, Luther
Adler, who Balaban suspects.
Newman's reputation is smashed and Balaban's actions lead to the death
of Melinda Dillon who is a friend of Newman's.
Paul Newman was nominated for Best Actor, but lost to Henry Fonda that
year for On Golden Pond. Sally Field was at the height of her career.
This film came right around the time she got her two Oscars for Norma
Rae and Places in the Heart.
The leads and cast are just fine. This turned out to be the farewell
picture of Luther Adler, one of the great character actors in the
history of film.
However the two people this film really belongs to are Bob Balaban and
Wilford Brimley. Balaban got his career role in this as Elliott Rosen
of the Organized Crime Strike Force. He is truly one loathsome little
creep. All it's about with him is getting another notch on his belt,
another scalp for the lodgepole.
And then there's Wilford Brimley. He's the big honcho from Washington,
DC sent down to do damage control when it all blows up in their faces.
He gathers all the principals together at the very end of the film,
like Nick Charles would, and dispenses the justice accordingly. He's on
the screen for about twenty unforgettable minutes.
The office of prosecutor in our system is one of responsibility and
should never be entrusted to any lightweights or any overly ambitious
Tags for Absence of Malice Full Movie
, Barry Primus
, Bob Balaban
, Don Hood
, Joe Petrullo
, John Harkins
, Josef Sommer
, Luther Adler
, Melinda Dillon
, Paul Newman
, Phanie Napoli
, Sally Field
, Shawn McAllister
, Shelley Spurlock
, Wilford Brimley
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