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Absolute Power -- Eastwood directs and stars as a career criminal who witnesses the murder of the U.S. President's mistress by the Secret Service.
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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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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 Jerald ... Laura Simon (as Penny Johnson)

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

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
Gary J. Coelho .... laborer (uncredited)
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
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121 min
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Trivia:
One of two Clint Eastwood movies released in 1997, the other film being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as 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:
Seth Frank:Pacemaker, my ass.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Power WaltzSee more »

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Killing The Trophy Wife, 24 January 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in Absolute Power, a film based on a book about a philandering president that came out in 1997. Now I wonder just who they could have had in mind?

Gene Hackman who played so well against Eastwood in The Unforgiven is the president who has made a carefully arranged rendezvous with Melora Hardin, the trophy wife of a very powerful and elderly Washington insider, E.G. Marshall. When the sex starts to get rough because the two are quite inebriated, the noise attracts secret service bodyguards Scott Glenn and Dennis Haysbert. They shoot Hardin down as she's about to stab Hackman with a letter opener. What nobody knows is that Eastwood is hiding in a vault in the bedroom.

Clint's a professional burglar who decided that night to pick that expensive townhouse to rob. After that the power of the federal government comes down on him because he can topple that selfsame government.

Absolute Power is a nicely paced political/crime thriller combining those two genres nicely for most of the film. But an incredibly muddled ending will leave you completely in the dark as to what exactly has happened or what the future will be.

Other performances of note are Laura Linney as Clint's estranged daughter who is of all things, a junior prosecuting attorney, Ed Harris as the tough homicide cop from the DC police force who's good on his job, but slow to realize the implications of what he's investigating. But best of all is Judy Davis as the hard as nails presidential chief of staff who tries for a cover-up and would have succeeded, but for Clint's unplanned presence at the crime scene.

When Absolute Power came out no one could have missed the illusions to the Clintons. The first lady is never seen, she's on a mission to Africa while all the action takes place. But E.G. Marshall is very suggestive of Averill Harriman who was gone eleven years at that time, but who held that kind of influence within the Democratic party. He also had a much younger wife, but not quite the difference in ages between Marshall and Hardin. This film also marked the farewell big screen performance of E.G. Marshall. Marshall's scene with Eastwood in the limousine is the best in the film.

I can't comment on how Daniel Baldacci's novel ended from which this film was adapted, but Clint should have opted for a much clearer ending. Then again such things even after Watergate are horrible to contemplate.

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