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Luther remarks to Det. Frank, "Tomorrow is promised to no one." This is a quote from Walter Payton, the Chicago Bears halfback (1954-1999)
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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.
The movie features two of Clint Eastwood's daughters in very small roles, Kimber Eastwood (b. Kimber Tunis) and Alison Eastwood. The casting of Kimber was eyebrow-raising because Clint had never spoken publicly of her existence. Her presence in this film and billing under the surname Eastwood constitutes his acknowledgment.
The film was made and released one year after its source novel "Absolute Power" by David Baldacci was first published in 1996. Reportedly, the film rights to the book sold for five million dollars.
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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 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".
One of the few films Clint Eastwood has made outside of Warner Bros.
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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.
One of a few Clint Eastwood movies in the spy/espionage genre. The films include Firefox (1982), Absolute Power (1997), The Eiger Sanction (1975) and In the Line of Fire (1993).
Actors Scott Glenn and Ed Harris previously starred together in The Right Stuff (1983).
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The location of Luther's hideout was filmed at writer Christopher Hitchens' 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.
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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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.
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The house in the beginning of the film is actually 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.
The film screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.
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One of four Clint Eastwood films that feature his daughter Alison Eastwood. The picture 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.
The team that scores a touchdown in the game that Clint Eastwood watches is James Madison University.
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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 bumped off and asked script-writer William Goldman to ensure "everyone the audience likes doesn't get killed off".
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Reportedly, Ed Harris' fee for this picture was 2.5 million dollars.
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Screen-writer 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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Dennis Haysbert and Penny Johnson Jerald would go on to play together in the first seasons of 24 (2001) as President Palmer and his wife.
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Quite a number of the film's supporting cast are all Academy Awards nominees. Actors Ed Harris, Judy Davis, Laura Linney and Richard Jenkins have all been nominated for Oscars for acting, their nominations all adding up to ten nominations in total for all of them and all without a single win.
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Ed Harris and E.G. Marshall also appear in Nixon (1995).
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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) got first released. They worked on a three paragraph outline and four drafts of the screenplay which became the basis for Baldacci's later 1996 novel. Spiegel took the project to Castle Rock Entertainment whereupon screenwriter William Goldman was contracted to write the script.
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In his memoir "Which Lie Did I Tell?", screenwriter 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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Clint Eastwood previously starred with and directed Gene Hackman in Unforgiven. Hackman subsequently earned his second Academy Award for his performance as Little Bill Daggett.
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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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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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Luther at one point says "I *love* True Crime.". Clint Eastwood's next film was True Crime (1999).
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Clint Eastwood's nineteenth film as a director.
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The fortieth movie that Clint Eastwood has appeared in as an actor.
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Debut film as a producer for Karen S. Spiegel.
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The first line of dialogue is given to Eastwood's daughter Alison at the art gallery.
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The first time actress Laura Linney would work with Clint Eastwood, but this is the only time they acted together. He would later direct her in Mystic River (2003) and Sully (2016).
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Ed Harris and Laura Linney would appear a year later in The Truman Show (1998).
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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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When entering the crime scene for the second time Judy Davis's character 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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Absolute Power (1997) and Murder at 1600 (1997), two political murder mystery suspense thrillers centering around the U.S. President and the White House, both were released in the same year.
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The film was made and released in the year of 1997, which was during the Presidency of Bill Clinton, which ran between 1992 (election) / 1993 (inauguration) and 1996 (election) and 2000 (not a candidate) / 2001 (end of term).
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Actress Laura Linney has appeared in such filmed productions relating to American Politics as Dave (1993), John Adams (2008), Running Mates (2000), Absolute Power (1997), Man of the Year (2006), and Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).
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Clint Eastwood was previously in another political thriller, In the Line of Fire (1993).
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Cameo 

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

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
This is the first time Clint Eastwood played a criminal since Escape From Alcatraz (1979).
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