Sir Paul Newman received a well deserved Oscar (as best actor)
nomination for his Lead role in this movie - the best of men I say!
The movie essentially says this to us:
The absence of malice is what makes the difference as to whether a man
is guilty of rape (no woman can give consent to masochistic urges as
they are inherently mentally unwell that have such tendencies) - and
therefore in all cases of what we call "tort" injuries - we look
the presence and degree of malicious intent both prima facie and
otherwise apparent under the surface in order to determine
guilt and the extent of it - in the harm caused a member of society
by another of its own constituents.
Simple negligence in carrying out ones duties is a different sort of an
infraction in the minds of a reasonable man than would be so in the case
of outward willingness and desire to do harm to someone - (without regard
to justice). This movie drives that point home.
One of the best movies of our time.
Sally Field gives a great performance "equally"
Michael Rizzo Chessman