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Absolute Power (1997)

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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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 USA:

$16,770,220, 17 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,007,168, 15 June 1997
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2.39 : 1
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In his memoir "Which Lie Did I Tell?", William Goldman described his writing of the several drafts of the film's screenplay that he had worked on in 1995 after being first hired for this film in 1994. See more »

Goofs

When Luther is in the airport bar watching the President and Mr. Sullivan on TV the cable TV jack can be seen to the left. The jack is empty, with no cable TV wire attached to it. See more »

Quotes

Seth Frank: Kate, he's on the run and he's scared. And he's right to be scared, 'cause he's gonna get caught. You don't know the heat on this.
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Power Waltz
Composed by Clint Eastwood
Orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus
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Absolutely enticing
30 December 2005 | by See 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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