Absence of Malice
First screened in February 2004 / Most recently screened in July 2016
Director: Sydney Pollack. Cast: Sally Field, Paul Newman, Josef Sommer, Don Hood, Bob Balaban, Luther Adler, Barry Primus, Melinda Dillon, John Harkins, Wilford Brimley, Arnie Ross, Phanie Napoli, Ilse Earl, Alfredo Álvarez Calderón. Screenplay: Kurt Luedtke.

Twitter Capsule: Clear intent to offer crackerjack story with topical outrage, but top-heavy with plot, oddly paced, badly scored.

VOR:   I'll make allowances for a drama that tries to be about something important and allows all its characters to inhabit ethical gray zones. Mishandled, but interesting.

Photo © 1981 Columbia Pictures/Mirage Entertainments

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actor: Paul Newman
Best Supporting Actress: Melinda Dillon
Best Original Screenplay: Kurt Luedtke

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Sally Field
Best Screenplay: Kurt Luedtke

Other Awards:
Berlin Film Festival: Honorable Mention

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