Absence of Malice/And Justice for All [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • ...And Justice For All features:
  • Audio commentary with director Norman Jewison
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Absence of Malice
In this legal drama from director Sydney Pollack, Sally Field stars as Megan, an ambitious newpaper reporter who, based on information from FBI investigator Rosen, played by Bob Balaban, writes a scathing article that implicates Gallagher, a reclusive business-owner played by Paul Newman, in the recent disappearance of a labor leader. When Gallagher confronts Megan and sets her straight, the two team together to prove his innocence and have a few romantic interludes along the way. Wilford Brimley and Melinda Dillon also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

...And Justice for All
Norman Jewison's blackly satirical look at the American justice system has gained in stature as one of the more incisive social commentaries of its time. Al Pacino plays Arthur Kirkland, an incorruptible attorney who attempts to initiate reforms in the Maryland justice system. Kirkland is haunted by the fates of two past clients, one of whom committed suicide in jail; the other is still alive but is locked up on a trumped-up traffic violation. The ability of power and money to distort the pursuit of justice becomes all too clear as Kirkland finds out how deeply the rot has spread. He is ultimately blackmailed into defending a repulsive judge (John Forsythe) accused of rape, and faces a crisis of conscience. Pacino's and Forsythe's performances are intense and powerful. Many critics found the film biting and almost painful in its razor-sharp indictment of the justice system, while others declared the script too outrageous. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman - Michael Gallagher
  • Sally Field
    Sally Field - Megan Carter
  • Bob Balaban
    Bob Balaban - Rosen
  • Melinda Dillon
    Melinda Dillon - Teresa
  • Luther Adler
    Luther Adler - Malderone
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