Absence of Malice was released in the year 1981。Absence of Malice is also called as Sensationsreporterin, A Calúnia, Absence de malice, Bez zlej woli, Ausencia de malicia, Diritto di cronaca, Ei rikosmielessä, Horis dolo, Bez zlych intencji。
Paul Newman plays the son of a long dead Mafia boss who is a simple liquor warehouse owner. Frustrated in his attempt to solve a murder of a union head, a prosecutor leaks a false story that Newman is a target of the investigation, hoping that he will tell them something for protection. As his life begins to unravel, others are hurt by the story. Sally Field, the reporter, is in the clear under the Absence of Malice rule in slander and libel cases. Knowing nothing to trade to the prosecutors, Newman must regain control of his life on different ground.