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Absolute Power (1997)

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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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Corrupts Absolutely.

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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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$50,007,168 (USA) (13 June 1997)
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Screen-writer William Goldman followed up this movie with The General's Daughter (1999), a similarly themed filmed adaptation of a novel about a murder inside officialdom. See more »

Goofs

When Luther opens his safe, he doesn't make enough stops on the dial. See more »

Quotes

Kate Whitney: Why'd you come?
Luther Whitney: I couldn't have my daughter thinking I was a murderer.
Kate Whitney: No, I mean why did you come to the restaurant this afternoon? You must have suspected something, or else you wouldn't have been prepared.
Luther Whitney: My daughter wanted to see me.
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Power Waltz
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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