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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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Writers (WGA):
David Baldacci (book)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 February 1997 (USA) See more »
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  (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
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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language
121 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

In the film, Gene Hackman plays a President who murders his mistress. In No Way Out (1987), he played a Secretary of Defense who murdered his mistress. The witness of both crimes were played by future Oscar winners: Kevin Costner in the 1987 movie and Clint Eastwood in this one. Both Costner and Eastwood won their first two Oscars (Film and Director) while directing westerns.See more »
Continuity: The manor that Luther robs is only three stories high (clearly visible from the rows of windows on the outside) yet he walks up four flights of stairs to get to the safe in Christy Sullivan's bedroom.See more »
Medical Examiner:Looks like he tried to strangle her.
Seth Frank:He strangled her, then he went to the door to shoot her from behind?
Medical Examiner:He also inspected her vagina.
Seth Frank:He did *what*? Why?
Laura Simon:Maybe he didn't remember that he did her.
Seth Frank:A strong burglar with a weak mind. Obviously another open-and-shut case.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable Clint Eastwood, 14 January 2006
Author: Isabelle Michelet from Bangkok, Thailand

Washington DC -1990s. Luther Whitney, reputed one the very best thieves of the country but supposedly retired, is in the process of executing his greatest robbery –the private vault of a powerful billionaire, Walter Sullivan. But he is disturbed by the billionaire's young wife. Christy takes advantage of her husband's absence to receive her lover –the US President himself. President Richmond is a sick pervert, and the love affair turns sour. In front of hidden Whitney, the lady is murdered. Before escaping, Whitney secures the murder weapon, but he will need all his experience and skills to manipulate the secret services and the very competent police investigator Seth Frank. Not only must he protect himself but also his estranged daughter Kate. Not to worry however –Luther Whitney is Clint Eastwood, after all! And since the suspense in this respect is minimal, we can just relax and enjoy watching one of our coolest supermen smoothly make his way through a nicely structured scenario. Although the action itself is ageless, one sign definitely links the movie to the 90s –the blatant lack of respect for the person of the US President and the undisguised criticism of political corruption. Maybe a way to exorcise the scandals that have been plaguing the White House over the last decades…

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