Absence of Malice

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Time Out says

Impeccably liberal in its orientation to 'issues' - the power and responsibilities of the press, the impact of misinformation - this avoids the excesses of Stanley Kramer-like telegraphy, only to come up looking aesthetically wet. It's not just a reliance on star casting to sugar the pill as reporter Field picks up a malicious crime squad 'leak' and smears innocent Newman. Sheer worthy dullness comes closer to describing the problem. For all the smokescreen convolutions of legalistic conspiracy and juxtapositions of ethics, 'professionalism', public interest and private morality, we're basically presented with two attractive victims on the same hook who will inevitably spar their way past one of democracy's little hiccups.
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Release details

UK release:

1981

Duration:

116 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Cast:

Luther Adler, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, Sally Field, Paul Newman, Barry Primus

Music:

David Grusin

Production Designer:

Terence Marsh

Editor:

Sheldon Kahn

Cinematography:

Owen Roizman

Screenwriter:

Kurt Luedtke

Producer:

Sydney Pollack

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