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Absence of Malice (1981)

PG 12/18/1981 (US) DramaRomanceThriller 1h 56m

In America can a man be guilty until proven innocent?


Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, tragedy follows, forcing Carter to face up to the responsibilities of her job when she is confronted by Gallagher.

  1. Sydney Pollack


  2. Kurt Luedtke


  3. David Rayfiel


Top Billed Cast

  1. Sally Field

    Sally Field

    Megan Carter

  2. Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Michael Colin Gallagher

  3. Bob Balaban

    Bob Balaban

    Elliott Rosen

  4. Melinda Dillon

    Melinda Dillon

    Teresa Perrone

  5. Luther Adler

    Luther Adler

    Santos Malderone

  6. Barry Primus

    Barry Primus

    Robert Waddell

  7. Josef Sommer

    Josef Sommer


  8. John Harkins

    John Harkins


  9. Don Hood

    James A. Quinn

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Absence of Malice
Absence of Malice

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $12,000,000.00

Revenue $40,716,963.00


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