Absence of Malice (1981)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance, Thriller

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When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of a union head, the man's life begins to unravel.




  • Sally Field in Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Paul Newman in Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Paul Newman and Luther Adler in Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Paul Newman and Sally Field in Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Wilford Brimley in Absence of Malice (1981)

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17 March 1999 | Seedy
| Superb acting, plot construction, and message!
Start with Paul Newman and Sally Field and you don't need much more, but this film delivers a lot more. The plot takes some unexpected turns but develops logically and clearly with just enough suspence to keep viewers entranced. When concluded you realize how all elements of the plot are kept within reasonable bounds and how refreshing that is. Here's a film that relies on character development and an intriguing plot with an important message. No special effects, gore and bedroom scenes needed to make this a great movie.

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,667 22 November 1981

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