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Absence of Malice Reviews

Gallagher (Paul Newman), the son of a dead mobster, runs a legitimate business in Miami, with his uncle (Luther Adler) his only connection to organized crime. A federal investigator (Bob Balaban) thinks Gallagher knows the details of a labor leader's disappearance, and leaks information to Megan (Sally Field), a reporter who writes a story implicating Gallagher. The story's publication brings tragic results, and Gallagher plots to get revenge. Sydney Pollack's film is a solid, absorbing drama that, in profiling the damage that can result from investigative reporting, presents a counterpoint to ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN. Newman, Dillon, and Luedtke received Oscar nominations.