Argumentative August #38 – Absence of Malice (1981) – Rhyme and Reason



Ryan and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon.

This next film, Absence of Malice (1981) is being reviewed by SG of Rhyme and Reason

Let’s see what SG thought of this movie….


Absence of Malice (1981)


Does an interfering sleuth

Prefer the story that will sell?

Accuracy versus truth:

These are debates they can’t dispel.

The news can rule the fates of men

With just the power of the pen.

In the search for truth, one may

Cause damage they cannot control.

Will the printer blameless stay

If pain attends their stated goal?

Do people have a right to know,

No matter what the “truth” may show?


Absence of Malice is a film that I expected to like, simply because of its two leads. Casting Sally Field and Paul Newman together seems like a dream come true…

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