The Story Behind Absence of Malice (2004)

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Sally Field ... Herself
Kurt Luedtke Kurt Luedtke ... Himself
Paul Newman ... Himself
Sydney Pollack ... Himself
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story Behind 'Absence of Malice' See more »

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According to writer Kurt Luedtke in the DVD special feature The Story Behind Absence of Malice (2004), the film's story was inspired by the media law legal case of Times v Sullivan [i.e. The New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)]. Luedtke summarized this case by saying that American libel laws, due to this case precedent, indicate that truth is not always necessary to journalism in situations involving public figures. As such, a newspaper can effectively make a bad mistake and hurt a public figure and the latter cannot always collect damages for it. See more »

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Features Absence of Malice (1981) See more »

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