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A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

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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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thief | letter | letter opener | power | murder | See more »

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Corrupts Absolutely.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Poder absoluto  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$50,007,168 (USA) (13 June 1997)
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Quite a number of the film's supporting cast are all Academy Awards bridesmaids. Actors Ed Harris, Judy Davis, Laura Linney and Richard Jenkins have all been Oscar nominated for acting, their noms all adding up to the tune of ten nominations in total for all of them and all without a single win. See more »

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As Richmond attacks Christy Sullivan at the beginning of the movie, he rips her dress. While her dress is intact later, this may have been part of the damage control by his team. See more »

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Seth Frank: Why does he bother to dig a slug out of the wall when he knows there's already another one stuck in her head?
Laura Simon: Uh, different from the one in her body?
Seth Frank: Two guns means two burglars. They broke in together, they both went out the window? That's bullshit! And by the way, why did he, or they, go out the window in the first place when he, or they, got in by breaking a zillion-dollar security system?
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Composed by Clint Eastwood
Orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus
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Running Scared...then a 180*
10 July 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Here is a well-paced Clint film that is fit for a heart-attack! The cast that accompanies Eastwood is flawless. As 'Luther' the old 'cat' who has made a fine career out of stealing, is at a major moral crossroad...from what he had witnessed on 'the job' that never should have taken place, in front of him. This is a stunner, that keeps your pulse pounding in places and slows down to a normal pace in other spots, and it all works perfectly.

Eastwood's style is second to none, as he makes his way through this thrill-ride of an enthralling story. He is very thought-provoking as he works to figure his 'escape', then a moral dilemma of major proportions hits him like a ton of brick!! His whole mission, has changed at that point and he knows it. From then on, he is set on a new course of decisive action. Next to actors like Scott Glenn and Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Judy Davis Dennis Haybert, that is pretty solid for a cast, all the players pull their own weight. But then with the addition of Gene Hackman, this is a frantic paced unveiling of events.

This for sure, rounds out my top of the top great films... This is recommended as a Clint Eastwood fun, solid action, white knuckled thriller that is satisfying for most discreminating movie-mogals I would believe. (*****)


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