Absence of Malice Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sally Field, Paul Newman, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Barry Primus, Wilford Brimley

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ABSENCE OF MALICE is a movie produced and directed by Sydney Pollack in 1981. Three nominations for the Academy Awards.
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Sally Field is a journalist working for a Miami newspaper. She's covering the vain efforts of the D.A. in order to solve the murder of a union leader. She is soon manipulated by Bob Balaban who's in charge of a special task force and writes a paper involving Paul Newman, the son of a bootlegger, in the murder. Suddenly thrust into the front page, Newman, an honest small businessman, loses his clients and can not obtain from Sally Field the identity of her sources. Shunted between her growing love for Newman and her professional duty, Sally Field doesn't know any more what to think of the case. Meanwhile, Newman imagines a way to get even with the D.A. and Balaban by setting them against themselves.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   police corruption Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   journalist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat City?    -   Yes City:    -   Miami Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing

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