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Clint Eastwood's extremely organized methods of directing led to filming being completed over three weeks ahead of schedule and $2-4 million under budget.
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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 raised a lot of eyebrows 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.
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Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman never meet in the course of this movie, 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 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.
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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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One of the few movies Clint Eastwood made outside of Warner Brothers.
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This movie was released one year after its source novel was published. Reportedly, the movie rights to the book sold for $5 million.
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The hospital scenes were filmed using the set for ER (1994).
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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."
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The location of Luther's hideout was filmed at writer Christopher Hitchens' Washington, D.C. apartment.
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The house in the beginning of this movie 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.
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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.
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Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) remarks to Detective Seth Frank (Ed Harris), "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 has said of this movie'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 movie format, while keeping the characters well defined and interesting people."
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Reportedly, Ed Harris' fee for this movie was $2.5 million.
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Final theatrical movie of E.G. Marshall (Walter Sullivan).
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This movie was shot during June and July 1996. During principal photography, Clint Eastwood learned that he would become a father again.
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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.
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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).
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This is the first time Clint Eastwood played a criminal since Escape From Alcatraz (1979).
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The 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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This movie screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.
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Though set in Washington, D.C., most of this movie was shot in Baltimore, Maryland, except for some exteriors and establishing shots.
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Before working with Melora Hardin (Christy Sullivan) on this movie, Clint Eastwood worked with her father, Jerry Hardin, in Honkytonk Man (1982), which was also directed by Eastwood.
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According to the DVD's "Behind The Scenes", author 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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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.
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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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Luther, at one point, says "I love true crime." Clint Eastwood's next movie was True Crime (1999).
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Scott Glenn and Ed Harris appeared in The Right Stuff (1983).
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The team that scored a touchdown in the game that Luther (Clint Eastwood) watched was James Madison University.
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One of six Clint Eastwood movies 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 four collaborations were Any Which Way You Can (1980), Tightrope (1984), Bronco Billy (1980), and The Mule (2018).
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In his memoir "Which Lie Did I Tell?", William Goldman described his writing of several drafts of the screenplay on which he had worked in 1995 after being first hired for this movie in 1994.
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Dennis Haysbert and Penny Johnson Jerald appeared on 24 (2001) as President Palmer and his wife.
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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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Clint Eastwood's nineteenth movie as a director.
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The fortieth movie in which Clint Eastwood appeared as an actor.
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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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One of two Clint Eastwood movies released in 1997. The other being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).
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Gene Hackman and E.G. Marshall appeared in Power (1986) and Superman II (1980).
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Ed Harris and E.G. Marshall appeared in Creepshow (1982) and Nixon (1995).
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Ed Harris and Laura Linney appeared in The Truman Show (1998).
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Debut movie as a producer for Karen S. Spiegel.
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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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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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Laura Linney and Dennis Haysbert would appear in Breach (2007) after being in this film together
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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's character, Luther Withney, is a thief who fought in Korea War. In Michael Cimino's Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Eastwood played another thief who fought in the same war.
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Gene Hackman and Ed Harris played in Under Fire (1983).
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Clint Eastwood and Laura Linney would work together again in Mystic River (2003) and Sully (2016).
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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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The year after starring together Absolute Power, Laura Linney and Ed Harris also starred in The Truman Show (1998).
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In this movie Gene Hackman plays the President of the United States, the same role that his character from Superman (1978), Lex Luthor, would go on to fulfill years latter in the comics. In Superman II (1980), also starring Hackman, EG Marshall made a brief appearance as the President.
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In this movie Gene Hackman plays the president of the united states, the same role that his character from Superman (1978), Lex Luther, would go on to fulfill years latter in the comics.
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Cameo 

Kimber Eastwood: Clint Eastwood's daughter as a White House tour guide.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the book Luther Whitney dies around the half way mark. Many major differences in the book and the movie adaptation. Only the central conflict remains somewhat the same. Having said that, both work remarkably well for their respective mediums.
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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 No Way Out (1987), 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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