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Absolute Power (1997)

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

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Walter Sullivan
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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:

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

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$50,007,168 (USA) (13 June 1997)
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Three of the main characters have portrayed astronauts. Glenn and Harris in "The Right Stuff", and Eastwood in "Space Cowboys". Also one Actor, Penny Johnson-Jerold was in, Outer Space on "Star Trek, T.N.G." and "Deep Space 9" 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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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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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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