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Absolute Power (1997)

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

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Storyline

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

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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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Trivia

According to the DVD's "Behind The Scenes", novelist David Baldacci met producer Karen S. Spiegel in 1992, the year that Eastwood's Academy Award winning Best Picture Unforgiven (1992) got first released. They worked on a three paragraph outline and four drafts of the screenplay which became the basis for Baldacci's later 1996 novel. Spiegel took the project to Castle Rock Entertainment whereupon screenwriter William Goldman was contracted to write the script. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gloria Russell: He's got the letter opener. Blood. Fingerprints. Jesus... Think what he can do.
Bill Burton: The man's a thief. A thief who witnessed a murder.
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Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »

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Kate's Theme
Composed by Clint Eastwood
Orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus
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An enjoyable Clint Eastwood
14 January 2006 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

Washington DC -1990s. Luther Whitney, reputed one the very best thieves of the country but supposedly retired, is in the process of executing his greatest robbery –the private vault of a powerful billionaire, Walter Sullivan. But he is disturbed by the billionaire's young wife. Christy takes advantage of her husband's absence to receive her lover –the US President himself. President Richmond is a sick pervert, and the love affair turns sour. In front of hidden Whitney, the lady is murdered. Before escaping, Whitney secures the murder weapon, but he will need all his experience and skills to manipulate the secret services and the very competent police investigator Seth Frank. Not only must he protect himself but also his estranged daughter Kate. Not to worry however –Luther Whitney is Clint Eastwood, after all! And since the suspense in this respect is minimal, we can just relax and enjoy watching one of our coolest supermen smoothly make his way through a nicely structured scenario. Although the action itself is ageless, one sign definitely links the movie to the 90s –the blatant lack of respect for the person of the US President and the undisguised criticism of political corruption. Maybe a way to exorcise the scandals that have been plaguing the White House over the last decades…


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