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Absence of Malice [Blu-ray] [Import]
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on August 30, 2001
...and by 'Absence Of Awesome', I mean quite the opposite. This movie IS awesome! Paul Newman ignites the screen with kerosene soaked he-man sexiness. Those blue eyes may seem cold, but they burn through you like a small child using a magnified glass to burn a small ant on the pavement at recess! Sally Field is as radiant as a Jamaican sunrise as she splashes her acting abilities throughout the movie like a farmer sowing seed in his freshly plowed field! The plot is as complex as Einstien's theory of relativity, and with the same effect: once completed, both the movie and the theory of relativity result in an atomic expolsion that can bend time and space. There isn't actually an explosion at the end of the movie, per se, but perhaps in the director's cut he'll put one in. I can't sing my praises ENOUGH for this movie, but if I DID, it would be a chorus line of dancing girls kickin' out a medley of showtunes with ME as the lead, wearing a sequined blue suit and a curly moustache singing my own falsetto version of 'Workin' In a Coalmine' (The Devo Version).
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When Sally Field is asked if she was "involved" with suspect Newman she answered that no it was not true but yes it was accurate. They had been lovers but her trust was in something "professional." Or was it ambition?
Sally, as a reporter who wanted to get ahead, was bent on getting "a story." Newman, in an effort to get some help against what was media harrassment, invites Sally to lunch. This turns into a budding romance or at least friendship. But when "new evidence" comes in against Newman she chooses to go after the story once again.
Newman managed to set up the local Federal and State prosecutors AND the local newspapers, for a publicity embarrassment. It worked. Sally believed her "sources" rather than Newman. She couldn't rise above her "professionalism" to believe a friend. She, too, became caught in an embarrassing trap.
The Trap is snapped shut by Wilford Brimley, playing an Assistant Attorney General of the US. Brimley's handling of the climatic face to face meeting of the various parties involved is a cinema delight not to be missed.
On the serious side our vulnerability to official and media harassment was well defined, for me, by this story. It also takes a stab at the difficult question of how and why we accept truth.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon January 27, 2004
Elliott Rosen is an obsessive prosecutor who is desperate to get some inside info on the "mob." He steps in to a moral grey area in his pursuit. Knowing that Michael Colin Gallagher (Paul Newman) is innocent of any crime he plans to push him into finding out who did it. The plan is simple he will leak the false fact out, through reporter Megan Carter (Sally Field), that Gallagher is being investigated. This information has a negative impact on Gallagher's business. Further pursuit leads to a death of the innocent. Naturally the paper that prints this has no intention of retracting. Gallagher finds a unique solution. See if you can spot it.
This movie does not make an immediate impact on you with the exception of Brimley's final confrontation speech. However repeated viewing brings out the subtleties that will make this one of your favorite movies for years to come.
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on September 28, 2001
SEE the star of "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Sting" attack the star of "Gidget" and "The Flying Nun!" in this CRITICAL EXAMINATION of the FOURTH ESTATE! Is PAUL NEWMAN involved with organized crime or is he AN INNOCENT MAN? Does journalist SALLY FIELD care about the TRUTH or just getting the STORY? Written by former reporter KURT LUETKE, enjoy this study of the POWER and PRIVILEGE of the PRESS! SEE Wilford Brimley come in at the end and put everybody in their place! Another social commentary film from director SYDNEY POLLACK!
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on October 8, 2001
I have never seen Paul Newman take a back seat in acting untill Wilford Brimley takes charge and sets everyone straight. Best ending to a movie I have ever seen. I rewatch it every year or so and really love having it on DVD now.
Harold
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on July 13, 2000
Paul Newman and Sally Fields at their best. A video chess game between an "honest" legal organization and an honorable member of a mob family. Great supporting work by Wilford Brimley and the rest of the cast.
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on November 4, 2013
Would recommend this to anyone who likes a good movie with lots of action. Sit back and enjoy. Fantastic watch. Classic.
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on August 27, 2013
The story line is fantastic, well written. A movie worth seeing many times over and recommend it to others and others.
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on July 5, 2014
Paul Newman and Sally Field...what can I say??? A fully fleshed out story line w/ great acting to carry it off!!
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on July 10, 2015
This is a great movie a " must watch".
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