Absolute Power

1997

Absolute Power

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In this thriller, an aging cat burglar becomes a crusader embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game involving murder and a government cover-up. Adapted by distinguished scenarist William Goldman from a novel by David Baldacci and featuring a powerful all-star cast, the story works at different levels, not only as a straight-forward thriller but also as an insightful look at the love between the old thief and his estranged daughter, a highly successful prosecuting attorney. The trouble begins when ex-con Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood, who also directed) decides to pull off one last heist before retiring. Just as he finishes looting the vault of a well-fortified mansion, a drunken couple enters the adjoining bedroom apparently eager to start making love. But something goes awry and a violent tussle ensues that abruptly ends when gun-wielding men bust in and shoot down the woman. During the ensuing chaos, Luther slips out. Only later does the audience learn that the would-be lovers were U.S.-President Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman) and Christy Sullivan (Melora Hardin), the young wife of the President's biggest supporter Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall). As the investigation and cover-up begins, Luther, who has already been contacted by hard-boiled and suspicious detective Seth Frank (Ed Harris) begins to fear that he will be blamed for the killing and prepares to leave the country. He tries to see his daughter Kate (Laura Linney) to make peace with her for having been absent in prison during most of her life, but she rejects him. Luther goes to the airport, but just before he flies, he sees a press conference in which President Richmond, without so much as a twitch, goes on a tirade concerning his stand against violence. Something inside him snaps and he abruptly decides to stay and fight for justice. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Luther Whitney
Gene Hackman
as President Alan Richmond
Ed Harris
as Det. Seth Frank
Laura Linney
as Kate Whitney
Scott Glenn
as Bill Burton
Dennis Haysbert
as Agent Tim Collin
Judy Davis
as Gloria Russell
E.G. Marshall
as Walter Sullivan
Melora Hardin
as Christy Sullivan
Kenneth Welsh
as Sandy Lord
Richard Jenkins
as Michael McCarty
Elaine Kagan
as Valerie
Alison Eastwood
as Art Student
George Orrison
as Airport Bartender
Charles McDaniel
as Medical Examiner
Kimber Eastwood
as White House Tour Guide
Eric Dahlquist Jr.
as Oval Office Agent
Jack Stewart Taylor
as Watergate Doorman
Joy Ehrlich
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Absolute Power

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Audience Reviews for Absolute Power

  • Jun 22, 2016
    A great film! Clint does an amazing job both in front of and behind the camera in this one. A stellar cast is assembled and does David Baldacci's book (that the film is derived from) justice. Story is a career thief (Eastwood) witnesses a horrific crime during a heist involving the US President (Hackman). This one just has to be seen.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    A taunt, riveting and first-rate thriller with a twist. A compelling, well-character drawn and masterfully crafted crafted thriller from Director, Clint Eastwood. Eastwood is brilliant, he gives a great and gritty performance. Laura Linney is excellent. Ed Harris is terrific. It`s a utterly exciting and pulse-pounding thrill-ride. A fantastic movie. It delivers top-notch acting, tightly-paced plot and outstanding craftsmanship. Thrillers don`t get anymore exciting or smart than this one.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2012
    Star studded and headlined/directed by Clint Eastwood this thriller can't quite live up to its top notch cast. The story suffices but doesn't bring anything new to the genre and can't utilize all its great actors with their underdeveloped roles. As far as an entertaining film though, "Absolute Power" is quite good. We are given a first-hand look at a brutal crime, along with Luther (Clint Eastwood) and then we see the cover-up and the ensuing chaos. This is a rather middling effort from Eastwood but decent.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    Not a bad movie by any means but I felt it was a completely dull and boring film. There's really nothing going for it. Oh and some of the scenes at the beginning are WAY too dark, to the point where you can't even tell what's going on. It failed, and it surprised me that Clint Eastwood, who's a hell of a filmmaker, would allow such amateur-ish shit to grace one of his movies. But that is really it, don't have much to say. It's just another movie, you watch it, then you're done with it and you never think about it again.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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