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Absence of Malice (1981) Poster

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James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: You had a leak? You call what's goin' on around here a leak? Boy, the last time there was a leak like this, Noah built hisself a boat.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: Now we'll talk all day if you want to. But, come sundown, there's gonna be two things true that ain't true now. One is that the United States Department of Justice is goin' to know what in the good Christ - e'scuse me, Angie - is goin' on around here. And the other's I'm gonna have somebody's ass in muh briefcase.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: What'd you figure you'd do after government service, Elliott?

Elliott Rosen: I'm not quitting.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: You ain't no Presidential appointee, Elliott. One that hired you is me. You got thirty days.

Megan Carter: Michael?

Michael Colin Gallagher: You don't wanna come in here. I'm warning you.

Megan Carter: Michael, if I could just talk to you...

Michael Colin Gallagher: Shut up! I don't want to hear it, I don't want to hear any of it! What the hell are you doing here? Details? Is that what you want? They found her naked in a tub. She didn't even want to make a mess! No water, just naked. Are you interested? You interested?

Megan Carter: Yes.

Michael Colin Gallagher: She picked up a newspaper, for Christ's sake! And there it is, for everybody to see! She must have felt like ...

[rips open her shirt]

Michael Colin Gallagher:

  • just raped!


Megan Carter: [screams] Stop! Michael!

Michael Colin Gallagher: She must have...

Megan Carter: Stop!

Michael Colin Gallagher: You know something? When you kill yourself, it's a homicide, so they do an autopsy. They'll get a knife. They start here. They're gonna split her open. Up here they use shears. Shears, for Christ's sake! Oh, goddamn you!

Megan Carter: I am free every night this week but Friday.

Michael Colin Gallagher: How about Friday?

Megan Carter: Okay!

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: You're a smart man, Mr. Gallagher. I'm pretty smart myself. Don't get too smart.

Michael Colin Gallagher: Everybody in this room is smart, and everybody was just doing their job, and Teresa Perrone is dead. Who do I see about that?

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: Ain't nobody to see. I wish there was. You're excused, sir.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: Tell you what we're gonna do. We're gonna sit right here and talk about it. Now if you get tired of talking here, Mr. Marshal Elving Patrick there will hand you one of them subpoenas he's got stuck down in his pocket and we'll go downstairs and talk in front of the grand jury... Elliot? Jim?... Fine. All right, Elving, hand whichever one of these fellas you like a subpoena and we'll go on downstairs and talk in front of the grand jury.

District Attorney James A. Quinn: Gallagher's a government witness.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: Wonderful thing, a subpoena.

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James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General: We can't have people go around leaking stuff for their own reasons. It ain't legal. And worse than that, by God it ain't right.

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Michael Colin Gallagher: Why aren't you married?

Megan Carter: How do you know I'm not?

Michael Colin Gallagher: I don't see a ring.

Megan Carter: Haven't you heard of women's lib?

Michael Colin Gallagher: Most of them are ugly.

Megan Carter: Is that supposed to be a compliment?

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Michael Colin Gallagher: [tersely] I'm Michael Gallagher. I want to know where this story came from.

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