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Absolute Power (1997)

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Career thief Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) witnesses a horrific crime involving U.S. President Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman).

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

David Baldacci (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Luther Whitney
Gene Hackman ... President Richmond
Ed Harris ... Seth Frank
Laura Linney ... Kate Whitney
Scott Glenn ... Bill Burton
Dennis Haysbert ... Tim Collin
Judy Davis ... Gloria Russell
E.G. Marshall ... Walter Sullivan
Melora Hardin ... Christy Sullivan
Kenneth Welsh ... Sandy Lord (as Ken Welsh)
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Laura Simon (as Penny Johnson)
Richard Jenkins ... Michael McCarty
Mark Margolis ... Red Brandsford
Elaine Kagan ... Valerie
Alison Eastwood ... Art Student
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Storyline

Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) is a master jewel thief. While robbing the safe of a house, he witnesses the murder of Christy Sullivan (Melora Hardin) by Secret Service Agents Bill Burton (Scott Glenn) and Tim Collin (Dennis Haysbert), and the President of the United States, Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman). Now he is targeted for death by the young woman's husband, Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall), the Secret Service, and the President. Written by charmardee-smith

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Corrupts Absolutely.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Absolute Power See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,678,016, 16 February 1997

Gross USA:

$50,068,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,068,310
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was shot during June and July 1996. During principal photography, Clint Eastwood learned that he would become a father again. See more »

Goofs

When Clint Eastwood ascends the stairs of the mansion after turning off the alarm, he passes a Gainsborough painting called "Mary, Countess Howe." This painting is actually hanging in the museum of fine arts in Houston, Texas. See more »

Quotes

Kate Whitney: Do you know what it's like to be the only kid in the first grade who got to talk about visiting day?
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Soundtracks

Power Waltz
Composed by Clint Eastwood
Orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus
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Absolutely enticing
30 December 2005 | by jpm610See all my reviews

HIGHS--

A very fun plot. Gene Hackman could vilify Ghandi given the right lines. Clint Eastwood as a high-stakes jewel thief?? I'm in heaven. Soft, subtle score; typical of modern Eastwood films. Intense finale that has you rooting for the bad guys, or is it the good guys?? You decide. E. G. Marshall's version of a scorned billionaire is a wonderful turn.

LOWS--

I have not read Baldacci's novel this is based upon. But I have to think, Clint Eastwood was not who he had in mind for the elusive cat burglar Luther Whitney. That casting was probably a little too self-serving. Also, I did enjoy the plot. But maybe a touch of more believability would have been nice. The murder scene at the beginning, while necessary for the remainder, may be a touch too implausible for my taste.

PARTING IMPRESSION--

Solid entertainment. This rating denotes that. Sure, won't win any Oscars, but that's not why you really want to see a film like this. We all root for these high stakes take-the-money-and-run type finales and here we are satiated in the chicanery, the likes of which could only emanate from D.C. Seven out of ten.


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