Absence of Malice / ...and justice for all.
ABSENCE OF MALICE (1981 Rated PG 117 Minutes.) 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 not true. This is the dilemma that must be faced in this timely drama about the incredible power of the press. Michael Gallagher (played by Paul Newman in an Oscar-nominated role) reads in the paper that he is the subject of a criminal investigation. Suddenly everything he has ever worked for is in jeopardy. He confronts the author Megan Carter (Sally Field) a relentless investigative reporter. Together they learn that the story was purposely leaked to Carter as part of a plot by the chief investigator. Gallagher's life hangs in the balance as he and Carter try to uncover the truth. AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (1979 Rated R 119 Minutes.) in a criminal justice system where criminals go free lawyers and judges make deals as a matter of routine and the innocent sometimes go unprotected young lawyer Arthur Kirkland begins to wonder where the justice has gone. Arthur (Al Pacino in a brilliant 1979 Oscar Best Actor-nominated role) is an honest idealistic lawyer who is suddenly under pressure to defend a distinguished judge (John Forsythe) accused of raping and battering a young girl- and whom Arthur knows is guilty. Jack Warden co-stars as an eccentric cheerfully suicidal judge who thinks Arthur should play the game. When it comes down to the trial Arthur must choose between the security of his career and his person integrity.
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