Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.
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
First of three cinema movie collaborations of director Sydney Pollack and screenwriter Kurt Luedtke. The films are [in order]: Absence of Malice (1981), Out of Africa (1985), and Random Hearts (1999). Both Luedtke and Pollack won Oscars in their respective fields for Out of Africa (1985) which won 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Pollack), and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Luedtke). See more »
When Teresa talks with Meg in the park, Teresa's cigarette jumps from her left to right hand. See more »
There's really no other word for it. I find the whole of this movie compelling, from Sally Fields' naivete to Paul Newman's innocent who turns the tables on his prosecutors, to the various supporting characters who all have their little niche. The best of all is Wilford Brimley, who gets to chew scenery and totally steal the scene he's in. It's an intelligent drama, addressing a subject as relevant today as it was in '81, with just enough humor to leaven the whole thing.
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