• Publication date: December 31, 2012

Absence of Malice

In this Sydney Pollack legal drama, the accuracy and the dire effects of irresponsible journalism are brought out before viewers. Mike Gallagher is a Miami liquor wholesaler whose name is dragged through the press- because his dad was a mobster- once a union leader is murdered. The reporter Megan is well-meant but implicates Gallagher based on a tip from the FBI. Yet once Mike's alibi commits suicide, he will plan his revenge on those who orchestrated events.

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 1981

MBC Max:

January 6, 2013 04:30 (KSA) ~ January 6, 2013 03:30 (CLT)

In this Sydney Pollack legal drama, the accuracy and the dire effects of irresponsible journalism are brought out before viewers.

Mike Gallagher (Paul Newman) is a Miami liquor wholesaler whose name is dragged through the press- because his dad was a mobster- once a union leader is murdered.

The reporter Megan (Sally Field) is well-meant but implicates Gallagher based on a tip from the Federal prosecutor Elliott Rosen (Bob Balaban).

Yet once Mike's alibi: Teresa Peron (Melinda Dillon), a lifelong friend that Mike had accompanied over the weekend to get an out-of-town abortion, commits suicide out of shame, being the devout Catholic she is, Mike will plan his revenge on those who orchestrated the events that culminated in Teresa's taking her own life... 

Starring:

  • Paul Newman
  • Bob Balaban
  • Luther Adler
  • Sally Field
  • Melinda Dillon
  • Barry Primus
  • Josef Sommer
  • Don Hood
  • Wilford Brimley

Directed by:  Sydney Pollack

Rating:  PG.