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Thumbnail for Absence of Malice (1981) Absence of Malice (1981)

Basics Critics:67Viewers:63Rusty:76
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: Legal drama, Mystery, Trial drama, Crime Fiction, DramaNarrative location: Miami metropolitan area, MiamiRuntime: 116 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, SpanishCountry: United StatesDirector: Sydney PollackScreenwriter: Kurt LuedtkeMusic: Dave GrusinCinematography: Owen RoizmanStars: Paul Newman, Bob Balaban, Sally Field, Luther Adler, Melinda Dillon, Barry Primus, Wilford Brimley, Paul Michael Glaser, John Harkins, Josef Sommer Producer: Sydney PollackStudio: Columbia PicturesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Paul Newman)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Melinda Dillon)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Kurt Luedtke)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Absence of Malice is a 1981 American drama film starring Paul Newman, Sally Field, and Bob Balaban, directed by Sydney Pollack. The title refers to the legal definition of libel defamation, and is used in journalism classes to illustrate the conflict between disclosing damaging personal information and the public's right to know.

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