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Absence of Malice Movie

Movie Summary for Absence of Malice


This 80's movie stars Paul Newman as Michael Gallagher, the son of a dead Mafia boss who is an honest liquor warehouse owner. A prosecutor in a murder case leaks a false story that Gallagher is a suspect in the case, and his life comes apart.

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This 80's legal drama film from director Sydney Pollack co-stars Sally Field as Megan Carter, the Miami reporter who is set up to leak information on a dead-end murder investigation. Michael Gallagher (Paul Newman) secretly counterattacks in a clever plot to foil the attempts to slander him.

When Gallagher confronts Carter and gets her facts straight, the pair team together in an attempt to prove his innocence. In another plot twist, the two also become romantically involved.

Wilford Brimley and academy award winner Melinda Dillon also appear in Absence of Malice.


Paul Newman - Michael Colin Gallagher
Sally Field - Megan Carter
Bob Balaban - Elliott Rosen
Melinda Dillon - Teresa Perrone
Luther Adler - Uncle Santos Malderone
Barry Primus - Bob Waddell
Josef Sommer - McAdam
John Harkins - Davidek
Don Hood - Dist. Atty. James A. Quinn
Wilford Brimley - Asst. U.S. Atty. Gen. James A. Wells
Arnie Ross - FBI Agent Eddie Frost
Anna Marie Napoles - Nickie
Shelley Spurlock - Sarah Wylie
Shawn McAllister - Santos Hood 1
Joe Petrullo - Santos Hood 2


Absence of Malice director Sidney Pollack and writer Kurt Luedtke worked together again four years later on the film Out Of Africa.

Academy Awards:

Paul Newman won for Best Actor In A Leading Role for the role of Michael Gallagher in Absence of Malice.

Melinda Dillon won for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for the role of Teresa in Absence of Malice.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Absence of Malice was released to theatres on 11/19/1981 by Sony, and grossed $33,312,129 at the box office in the US.

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