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.
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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 »
After preview screenings the ending was slightly altered so the relationship between the Michael Gallagher character played by Paul Newman and the Megan Carter character played by Sally Field was left open-ended and not close-ended. This is an old Hollywood movie chestnut where if love interests do not end up together, so as to have a happy ending, there needs to be a suggestion that the pair might see each other or get together romantically after the picture's end, and as such, the guy kinda gets the girl, or might get the girl, in the end. This was the clear intention of producer and director Sydney Pollack. This production scenario was reported in the 23rd November 1981 edition of 'New York' magazine. Moreover, the same ending suggestion happens at the end of Pollack's Tootsie (1982), where are Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman's characters have fallen out, they walk down the boulevard at film's end, with Hoffman putting his arm around Lange at the end of the closing shot. See more »
As Gallagher throws a newspaper on the table in the conference room, the position of one book relative to the other changes. See more »
This movie looks to have all the elements of a classic but somehow falls short. Unscrupulous prosecutor dupes reporter Field into creating (false) impression that businessman Newman was involved in a murder, in the hope that will somehow help his investigation. The lie has unexpected and tragic consequences, after which Newman turns the tables. Field is fine as liberated yet vulnerable thirty-something, Newman is also good if a little obscure in a difficult role; but Brimley as Asst US Attorney steals the show when he finally blows the whistle on everyone. Brimley's short time in this movie really is classic and Oscar-quality. The overall problem here is a little too much soapbox and not enough real emotion from nearly everyone.
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