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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 ... 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

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 (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This adaptation of David Baldacci's novel omits the novel's hero: Jack Graham, a lawyer and good friend of both Luther and Kate Whitney. In the novel, he outlives Luther and carries on the battle to clear Luther's name of the murder charge.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: It is never explained in the film how Richard Jenkins, Walter Sullivan's hired assassin, finds out about the meeting at Café Alonzo. The meeting was only arranged the day before.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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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A burglar may be less of a crook than a politician, 27 December 2006
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Some actors, upon reaching their sixties or seventies, retire. Some enter into a sort of semi-retirement whereby they continue to accept cameo parts but not leading roles. Some, however, try and revisit the triumphs of their youth by making the same sort of films that they were making twenty or thirty years earlier. There are too many examples to list them all, but I was less than enthusiastic to note that Sylvester Stallone, at the age of sixty, has just made his sixth "Rocky" film and is currently working on his fourth "Rambo".

Clint Eastwood is a rare example of a star who managed to remain a leading man throughout his seventh and into his eighth decade, but did so without a desperate attempt to put the clock back. (Doubtless his status as a director and producer has given him a greater influence inside the industry than many of his contemporaries). In his early sixties he made "Unforgiven", one of the all-time great Westerns, in which he starred as an ageing gunfighter, and since then has made a number of other films, such as "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Million Dollar Baby", in which an older man takes centre stage. Occasionally his roles have contained elements of an old man's wishful thinking, such as his romance with Rene Russo in "In the Line of Fire", but even in that film his character's age was important to the plot.

"Absolute Power", made when Eastwood was sixty-seven, is another older man's film. His character, Luther Whitney, is a veteran burglar who has broken into the Washington mansion of an elderly millionaire named Walter Sullivan, where, from his hiding-place, he inadvertently witnesses a killing. Sullivan's young wife Christy enters the bedroom with her lover, who is none other than the President, Allen Richmond. What starts out as a consensual love-making session goes wrong when Richmond, clearly a lover of rough sex, starts slapping Christy. She takes exception to this and slaps him back. Things get out of hand, and she attempts to stab him with a letter-opener. Richmond calls for help and his Secret Service bodyguards burst into the room and open fire, killing Christy.

Some reviewers have described Christy's killing as "murder", but legally this is not correct. Had the two bodyguards ever stood trial for murder, they would have been acquitted as they were only carrying out their duty to protect the President's life, but things never get that far. Richmond is too shocked to take any action, but his Chief of Staff Gloria Russell, realising that if the truth ever came out it would destroy his career, organises a cover-up. When the President's staff realise that Luther was a witness to the killing, he is forced to go on the run.

This could have been the plot of a very mundane political thriller, but Eastwood, both as actor and director, is able to lift it above that level. Despite Luther's criminal tendencies, Eastwood is able to make him a sympathetic figure, a man with his own sense of decency and honour. He had the assistance of a very strong cast, featuring some of Hollywood's most accomplished actors. There is E.G. Marshall in his last feature film as Sullivan, Gene Hackman (always a very watchable villain) as the hypocritical Richmond, Judy Davis as Gloria and Ed Harris as the police chief who is investigating Christy's death and soon comes to realise that there is more to it than meets the eye. A particularly important role is played by the very talented Laura Linney as Luther's daughter Kate. She has become estranged from her father as she disapproves of his criminal lifestyle and now works as a criminal lawyer, prosecuting on behalf of the police. When she realises that her father is in danger, however, she comes to his assistance, and they start to rebuild their relationship.

The idea that their President might be a philanderer would have come as no surprise to most Americans in the mid-nineties, even though this film came out just before President Clinton was caught up in the Monica Lewinsky affair. Eastwood was not, however, interested in doing something along the lines of "Primary Colors" or "Wag the Dog"; there is no attempt to make Richmond a disguised portrait of Clinton, and we do not even learn if he is a Democrat or Republican. "Absolute Power" is intended as a thriller, not a satirical comedy. Nevertheless, it does tap into the feeling that many Americans have had, ever since the Watergate affair, that their Presidents cannot always be trusted to tell the truth. It is significant that the hero of this film is a burglar by trade; the implication is that such a man may be less of a crook than a politician. 7/10

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