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Director:
Writers (WGA):
David Baldacci (book)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 February 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Corrupts Absolutely.
Plot:
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Luther Whitney

Gene Hackman ... President Allen Richmond

Ed Harris ... Seth Frank

Laura Linney ... Kate Whitney

Scott Glenn ... Bill Burton

Dennis Haysbert ... Tim Collin

Judy Davis ... Gloria Russell

E.G. Marshall ... Walter Sullivan

Melora Hardin ... Christy Sullivan

Kenneth Welsh ... Sandy Lord (as Ken Welsh)

Penny Johnson ... Laura Simon

Richard Jenkins ... Michael McCarty

Mark Margolis ... Red Brandsford

Elaine Kagan ... Valerie

Alison Eastwood ... Art Student
Yau-Gene Chan ... Waiter
George Orrison ... Airport Bartender
Charles McDaniel ... Medical Examiner
John Lyle Campbell ... Repairman

Kimber Eastwood ... White House Tour Guide
Eric Dahlquist Jr. ... Oval Office Agent
Jack Stewart Taylor ... Watergate Doorman
Joy Ehrlich ... Reporter

Robert Harvey ... Cop
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Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Baldacci (book)

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Michael Maurer .... associate producer
Tom Rooker .... executive producer
Karen S. Spiegel .... producer (as Karen Spiegel)
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard  (as Dick Goddard)
Anne D. McCulley 
 
Makeup Department
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist
Tania McComas .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist (as F.X. Perez)
 
Production Management
Michael Maurer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... first assistant director
Robert Lorenz .... first assistant director
Robert Lorenz .... second assistant director (as R. Lorenz)
Maura McKeown .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Maura T. McKeown)
Tom Rooker .... second assistant director (as T. Rooker)
Alison C. Rosa .... second second assistant director: Baltimore/D.C.
Dodi Lee Rubenstein .... second assistant director (as Dodi L. Rubenstein)
Buddy Van Horn .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edward Alona .... property master
David F. Bornstein .... construction foreman
Gerrard Coffey .... construction estimator
Chuck Herrmann .... property assistant
Chuck McSorley .... property assistant
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Rutchland)
Michael Sexton .... assistant property master
Wayne Smith .... stand-by painter
Doug Wilson .... scenic foreman
Christopher L. Conner .... head greensman: second unit (uncredited)
Lisa A. Corbin .... swing gang (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... propmaker (uncredited)
Ted Lubonovich II .... construction gang boss: Baltimore (uncredited)
Laura M. O'Brien .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer (uncredited)
Keith Weaver .... scenic (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... supervising sound editor
Todd Bassman .... boom operator
Neil Burrow .... foley editor
Steve Cain .... cable person (as Stephen Cain)
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... supervising dialogue editor
Mike Dobie .... dialogue editor
Christopher Flick .... foley supervisor
Jessica Gallavan .... adr supervisor
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
David M. Horton .... dialogue editor (as Dave Horton)
Doug Jackson .... sound effects editor
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor
Constance A. Kazmer .... dialogue editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Gary Krivacek .... sound effects editor
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor (as Darren Martin)
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Kim Nolan .... assistant sound editor (as Kim Nolan-Morrell)
Jayme S. Parker .... sound effects editor (as Jaymie Parker)
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Ruiz .... assistant sound editor
Madeleine Swift .... assistant sound editor
Butch Wolf .... foley editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Casey Stone .... additional recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Denes .... special effects crew
John Frazier .... special effects consultant
Joe Pancake .... special effects crew
Francis Pennington .... special effects crew
Steve Riley .... special effects coordinator (as Stephen Riley)
 
Stunts
Jill Brown .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunts
Brian Davis .... stunts
Jeffrey Eith .... stunts (as Jeff Eith)
Larry Holt .... stunts
Jeff Mosley .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Jim Stephan .... stunts (as Jim Stephen)
Keith Tellez .... stunts
Davey Thompson .... stunts (as Dave Thompson)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Watson-Johnston .... stunts (as J. Hunt-Watson)
Jill Brown .... stunt double (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
Jim Stephan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denise Bailie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Baltimore/Washington D.C.
Shawn Blakeman .... electrician
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Colin J. Campbell .... chief lighting technician (as Colin Campbell)
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Jan Gould .... best boy grip
William J. Gray .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Baltimore/Washington D.C.
Peter N. Green .... second assistant camera
Ryan Green .... film loader (as Ryan M.L. Green)
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Graham Kuhn .... still photographer
Thomas Loizeaux .... additional camera operator: "b" camera, Baltimore/Washington D.C.
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator: "b" camera, Baltimore/Washington D.C.
Hal Nelson .... crane grip
Clive Richards .... electrician (as H. Clive Richards)
Charles Saldana .... key grip (as Charles Saldaña)
Frank Scheidbach .... assistant lighting technician
Doug Wall .... grip (as Douglas L. Wall)
Charles W. Wayt .... dolly grip (as Chuck Wayt)
Eric Vincent Cruse .... grip (uncredited)
Roger Donegan .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Daniel C. Gold .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Gregory F. Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Brett Mabry .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Pat Moran .... casting: East Coast day players, Baltimore/Washington D.C.
Claudia Ramsumair .... casting assistant
John Strawbridge .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... set costumer: men (as Darryl Athons)
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor
Roussell Johnson .... tailor
Cheryl Scarano .... key costumer (as Cheryl Perkins Scarano)
Peggy A. Schnitzer .... set costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Anthony Bozanich .... assistant film editor
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Gary Roach .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Donald Harris .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Maylon Houston .... transportation captain (as Skook Houston)
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator (as Bob Neilson)
Lonnie Craig .... driver (uncredited)
Gary Schamber .... transportation coordinator: D.C. segment (uncredited)
Douglas A. Walk .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jason R. Ballance .... production associate
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Steve Belin .... production associate
Donya Burroughs .... production associate
Jessica Chavez .... assistant location manager
Curtis Collins .... assistant location manager
Cate Hardman .... script supervisor
Bob Hartman .... production accountant
Peter Hollocker .... production associate (as Peter A. Hollocker)
Don Kincade .... production associate
Shirley Kirkes .... choreographer
Jeff Kloss .... production auditor (as Jeffrey Kloss)
Antoinette Levine .... key location manager
Suzanne Lore .... production coordinator
Jonise Misiewicz .... assistant production accountant
Danny Morris .... craft service
Russell H. Potter V .... assistant production coordinator
Melissa Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Heidi Smith .... assistant production accountant
Robert R. Snow .... technical advisor
Andrew White .... production associate
Martine White .... key second location manager
Roselyn Winward .... assistant production accountant
Kathleen Beall .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Lisa Marie Boiko .... stand-in: Laura Linney (uncredited)
Alfred J. Caragay .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Robert C. Decker .... location manager (uncredited)
Tim Downs .... production assistant (uncredited)
Caprice Ericson .... location scout (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... caterer (uncredited)
Bob Supan .... stand-in: Ed Harris, Baltimore location (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sexuality and language
Runtime:
121 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Reportedly, Ed Harris' fee for this picture was allegedly US $2.5 million.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Special Agents of the US Secret Service are attempting to push Kate off the cliff, the license plates on the suburban are Washington, DC Official Plates. Normally, the Secret Service would be operating a vehicle with US Government plates if it is an official vehicle or regular plates if they were undercover.See more »
Quotes:
Gloria Russell:What do I do?
Bill Burton:Nothing. Because he's making a terrible mistake. He thinks he has time. He doesn't. Seth Frank's too good. He'll bring him in.
Gloria Russell:Then what?
Tim Collin:Then I kill him.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Power WaltzSee more »

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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Corrupts absolutely, 15 June 2000
Author: Shawn Watson (gator_macready@yahoo.com) from The Underverse

Absolute Power may not be an overly special film but it was the first movie I saw in the cinema after leaving high school. I was certainly not the target audience but it had my attention from the first scene and maintained the suspense for the during of the running time, even if it doesn't build to much.

Clint Eastwood plays Luther Whitney, an expert thief who targets billionaire industrialist Walter Sullivan (grouchy old EG Marshall, in his last theatrical movie) while he is off on vacation. While in the midst of cleaning out the vault the President of the United States (Gene Hackman) enters the room with Sullivan's wife. Whitney hides in the vault, which has a two-way mirror, and witnesses the President get a little too rough with the woman, which ends in her fighting him off and being murdered by the secret service. The Chief of Staff concocts a plan to cover up the murder not knowing that Whitney is watching the whole thing. As the group leave he escapes, taking a crucial piece of evidence with him.

Initially unsure what to do, Whitney decides to taunt the President, though it's not clear what his complete plan is or even if he's just free-forming. If one should fault Absolute Power for any reason it's that it establishes a lot of plot and potential but never really does anything with it and ends with an anti-climactic cop-out.

Where it succeeds is with the small cast of characters who really make the dialogue and relationships work. Ed Harris as the confused but dedicated cop investigating the case, Laura Linney as Whitney's resentful daughter, and the austere Scott Glenn as the self-doubting agent make every scene effortless even when there's not much happening.

Adapted from (and streamlined and improved in the process) the bloated novel by David Baldacci (I call them 'Airport novels' – those 600-page bricks with generic covers featuring nothing but the title and author in giant gold letters in a tacky font) the screenplay makes many changes but they are all for the better. Eastwood's direction is slow and steady – or 'mature'. The pace and framing is the antidote for anyone bored to tears with the nauseating aesthetic of today's comic-book movies and CGI nightmares.

A curious thing about the beginning of the movie is that Clint Eastwood only has 2 lines of dialogue for the entire 35 minutes. I don't understand why he didn't cut them out and remain silent, which would give the film a peculiar edge.

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