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Clint Eastwood's extremely organized methods of directing led to filming being completed over three weeks ahead of schedule and two to four million dollars under budget.
This adaptation of David Baldacci's novel omits the novel's hero: Jack Graham, a lawyer and good friend of Luther and Kate Whitney. In the novel, he outlives Luther, and carries on the battle to clear Luther's name of the murder charge.
The movie features two of Clint Eastwood's daughters in very small roles, Kimber Eastwood (born Kimber Tunis) and Alison Eastwood. The casting of Kimber was eyebrow-raising because Clint had never spoken publicly of her existence. He still hasn't, actually, but her presence in this film and billing under the surname Eastwood constitutes his acknowledgment.
This movie was released one year after its source novel was published. Reportedly, the film rights to the book sold for five million dollars.
One of the few films Clint Eastwood made outside of Warner Brothers.
The hospital scenes were filmed using the set for ER (1994).
Clint Eastwood has said of this film's development: "I was sent the script by the production team at Castle Rock and I liked it immediately. It was written by William Goldman who is one of the best screenwriters around. He had nicely tightened up the story from the book to fit into a film format while keeping the characters well defined and interesting people."
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman; and four Oscar nominees: Ed Harris, Judy Davis, Laura Linney, and Richard Jenkins.
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Gene Hackman plays the President of the United States and E.G. Marshall co-stars. In Superman II (1980), Marshall played the President and Hackman co-starred.
The house in the beginning of the film is a real castle in Brooklandville, Maryland. It belongs to Maryvale Preparatory school. Classes are held inside, as well as some administration and offices. The carpet and the painting seen hanging were left in the castle after filming was finished.
At the Café Alonzo, when policeman Seth Frank (Ed Harris) and Secret Service Agent Bill Burton (Scott Glenn) are standing inside a building foyer, a plaque on the door of the foyer reads "This Week Only: Carol Glenn Watercolor Exhibition". Carol Glenn is an artist and Scott Glenn's wife of many years. Some of her watercolors can just be glimpsed.
The location of Luther's hideout was filmed at writer Christopher Hitchens' Washington, D.C. apartment.
The film was shot during June and July 1996. During principal photography, Clint Eastwood learned that he would become a father again.
One of a few Clint Eastwood movies in the spy and espionage genre. The others being Firefox (1982), The Eiger Sanction (1975), and In the Line of Fire (1993).
One of four Clint Eastwood films that featured his daughter Alison. This is also one of two 1997 movies in which the two collaborated, the other being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), in which Alison also sang a song on the soundtrack. Their other two collaborations were Tightrope (1984) and Bronco Billy (1980).
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E.G. Marshall's final appearance in a theatrical film.
Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman never meet in the course of the film, despite being the protagonist and primary antagonist, respectively. In fact, of the four antagonists, only Dennis Haysbert shares a scene with Eastwood.
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This movie, Shadow Conspiracy (1997) and Murder at 1600 (1997), three political murder mystery suspense thrillers centering around the U.S. President and the White House, were released in the same year.
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In the 1997 "Film & Video" article "Clint Eastwood: The Actor-Director Reflects on His Continuing Career and New Film, Absolute Power", Clint Eastwood reportedly liked the source novel's plot and characters, but did not like the ones he thought interesting being killed, and asked William Goldman to ensure "everyone the audience likes doesn't get killed off."
Luther remarks to Detective Frank, "Tomorrow is promised to no one." This is a quote from Walter Payton, the Chicago Bears halfback (1954-1999).
Clint Eastwood previously starred with, and directed, Gene Hackman in Unforgiven (1992). Hackman subsequently earned his second Academy Award for his performance as Little Bill Daggett.
The film screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.
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This is the first time Clint Eastwood played a criminal since Escape From Alcatraz (1979).
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Scott Glenn and Ed Harris appeared in The Right Stuff (1983).
Reportedly, Ed Harris' fee for this movie was two and a half million dollars.
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William Goldman followed up this movie with The General's Daughter (1999), a similarly themed filmed adaptation of a novel about a murder inside officialdom.
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Luther at one point says "I love True Crime." Clint Eastwood's next film was True Crime (1999).
The first line of dialogue was given to Eastwood's daughter Alison at the art gallery.
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Though set in Washington, D.C., most of the picture was shot in Baltimore, Maryland except for some exteriors and establishing shots.
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The team that scored a touchdown in the game that Clint Eastwood watched, was James Madison University.
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Dennis Haysbert and Penny Johnson Jerald appeared on 24 (2001) as President Palmer and his wife.
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A few supporting cast members are all Academy Awards nominees. Ed Harris, Judy Davis, Laura Linney, and Richard Jenkins have been nominated, without a single win.
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Clint Eastwood's nineteenth film as a director.
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One of two Clint Eastwood movies released in 1997, the other film being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).
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The fortieth movie in which Clint Eastwood appeared as an actor.
Ed Harris and E.G. Marshall appeared in Creepshow (1982) and Nixon (1995).
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This was the first time Laura Linney worked with Clint Eastwood, but this is the only time they acted together. He directed her in Mystic River (2003) and Sully (2016).
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According to the DVD's "Behind The Scenes", novelist David Baldacci met Producer Karen S. Spiegel in 1992, the year that Eastwood's Academy Award winning Best Picture Unforgiven (1992) came out. They worked on a three paragraph outline, and four drafts of the screenplay, which became the basis for Baldacci's 1996 novel. Spiegel took the project to Castle Rock Entertainment, whereupon William Goldman was contracted to write the script.
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In his memoir "Which Lie Did I Tell?", William Goldman described his writing of the several drafts of the film's screenplay that he had worked on in 1995 after being first hired for this film in 1994.
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Debut film as a producer for Karen S. Spiegel.
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This movie was released in 1997, which was during the Presidency of Bill Clinton, which ran between 1993 and 2001.
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Clint Eastwood was previously in another political thriller, In the Line of Fire (1993).
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Ed Harris and Laura Linney appeared in The Truman Show (1998).
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Three of the main cast portrayed astronauts: Scott Glenn and Ed Harris in The Right Stuff (1983), and Clint Eastwood in Space Cowboys (2000). Also, Penny Johnson Jerald was on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
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When entering the crime scene for the second time Gloria Russell (Judy Davis) refers to the two-way mirror. Two-way mirrors are also known as one-way mirrors, since you can only see through them from one side.
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Laura Linney appeared in such filmed productions relating to American politics as Dave (1993), John Adams (2008), Running Mates (2000), this movie, Man of the Year (2006), and Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).
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Ed Harris and Laura Linney once again acted together on Truman Show.
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Cameo 

Kimber Eastwood: Clint Eastwood's daughter as a White House tour guide.

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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In this movie, Gene Hackman played a President who murdered 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. Costner and Eastwood won their first two Oscars (Best Picture and Best Director) for directing westerns.
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