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Absolute Power (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  14 February 1997 (USA)
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A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Collin
Walter Sullivan
Christy Sullivan
Sandy Lord (as Ken Welsh)
Laura Simon (as Penny Johnson)
Michael McCarty
Red Brandsford
Art Student


Based on the novel by David Baldacci, Absolute Power is about the ruthlessness of people in power. The President believes that everything he does is beyond reproach, including an affair or two. That leads to murder and everyone around him is involved. There is only one witness, a thief named Luther Whitney. They are sure he'll talk, but when? The Secret Service is determined to keep him quiet, but catching a thief isn't always easy. Written by Kristie Murray <hankm@cris.com>

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Corrupts Absolutely.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poder absoluto  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 2,426,607,000 (Italy) (30 May 1997)


$50,007,168 (USA) (13 June 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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The fortieth movie that Clint Eastwood has appeared in as an actor. See more »


When Burton and Collin are chasing Whitney through the woods, a shadow of the camera is visible in the trees behind them. See more »


Walter Sullivan: I don't yet know who it is I'm after. Until I do, you'll have to wait in Washington for instructions.
Michael McCarty: I'm afraid that's out of the question. Mine is not particularly creative work, and I do it only because I enjoy living beyond my means. I can't afford to just sit around.
Walter Sullivan: My father died when I was nine years old. He was a miner. He died of lung disease. I became rich at twenty-five, and the first thing I did was to buy that mine, close it down, and give every miner fifty thousand dollars to ...
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Referenced in House of Cards: Chapter 30 (2015) See more »


Power Waltz
Composed by Clint Eastwood
Orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus
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Brilliant!! A great piece of work.
7 October 2002 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

I have to say, that, ok maybe some of the actions of this film are a little manifested, but nevertheless, it holds for some nice suspense when it is required, and it also has a lot of eclectic moments(i.e. moments when the feeling is far from previous, yet conveyed appropriately). Besides the plot, this film has a wonderful, albeit short, soundtrack(composed by Clint), and good settings. A nice little ending on it too. Oh, and I have to say that Ed Harris is a excellent at 'doing' the sarcastic cop. I love it!

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