Mike Gallagher is a Miami liquor wholesaler whose deceased father was a local mobster. The FBI organized crime task force have no evidence that he's involved with the mob but decide to pressure him into perhaps revealing something - anything - about a murder they're sure was a mob hit. They let Megan Carter, a naive but well-meaning journalist, know he is being investigated and Gallagher's name is soon all over the newspaper. Gallagher has an iron-clad alibi for when the murder occurred but won't reveal it to protect his fragile friend Teresa. When Carter publishes her story, tragedy ensues. Needing to make amends, Carter tells Gallagher the source of the first story about him and he sets out to teach the FBI and the Federal Attorney a lesson.Written by
In America can a man be guilty until proven innocent? Suppose you picked up this morning's newspaper and your life was a front page headline... And everything they said was accurate... But none of it was true. The D.A., Feds and the police set her up to write the story that explodes his world. Now he's going to write the book on getting even. See more »
The name of Michael Gallagher (Paul Newman)'s antique boat was the "Rum Runner" from the Port of Miami, Florida. The vessel's name evokes the profession of the character's mobster father (i.e. bootlegging). A 46-foot classic cruiser built in 1941, the vessel's birth-name is actually "The Optimist," and it was certainly in that spirit that the director, crew and stars ventured out onto Biscayne Bay interruptedly, weather permitting, over a period of nearly three weeks. Biscayne Bay figures importantly in an early scene between Sally Field and Paul Newman who lunch together aboard his boat. See more »
On the boat, Meg tucks the strap of her bag under her lapel. In the next shot, it is over her lapel. See more »
Absence of Malice is an alright drama that is smartly casted with Sally Field and Paul Newman. The story is interesting enough and moves along just fine until Wilford Brimley's character, he plays a no nonsense-no BS judge who sets everyone straight. It makes you grateful you sat through this okay film. Great job by Mr. Brimley. He makes it worth the price of admission(or video).
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