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Absolute Power (1997)

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Career thief Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) witnesses a horrific crime involving U.S. President Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman).

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

David Baldacci (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Luther Whitney
Gene Hackman ... President 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
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Storyline

Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) is a master jewel thief. While robbing the safe of a house, he witnesses the murder of Christy Sullivan (Melora Hardin) by Secret Service Agents Bill Burton (Scott Glenn) and Tim Collin (Dennis Haysbert), and the President of the United States, Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman). Now he is targeted for death by the young woman's husband, Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall), the Secret Service, and the President. Written by charmardee-smith

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Corrupts Absolutely.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poder absoluto See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,678,016, 16 February 1997

Gross USA:

$50,068,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,068,310
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, Ed Harris' fee for this movie was two and a half million dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Luther puts the VCR tape in the machine it is at the end of the tape, but he plays it without rewinding. See more »

Quotes

[upon seeing Seth arrive]
Luther Whitney: So, do you want my signed confession now, or after coffee?
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Soundtracks

Kate's Theme
Composed by Clint Eastwood
Orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus
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Brilliant!! A great piece of work.
7 October 2002 | by rookiehookerSee all my reviews

I have to say, that, ok maybe some of the actions of this film are a little manifested, but nevertheless, it holds for some nice suspense when it is required, and it also has a lot of eclectic moments(i.e. moments when the feeling is far from previous, yet conveyed appropriately). Besides the plot, this film has a wonderful, albeit short, soundtrack(composed by Clint), and good settings. A nice little ending on it too. Oh, and I have to say that Ed Harris is a excellent at 'doing' the sarcastic cop. I love it!


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