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Absolute Power

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2010
UPC: 0883929107810
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 5,800

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Luther Whitney
Gene Hackman President Alan Richmond
Ed Harris Seth Frank
Laura Linney Kate Whitney
Judy Davis Gloria Russell
Scott Glenn Bill Burton
Dennis Haysbert Tim Collin
Melora Hardin Christy Sullivan
Alison Eastwood Actor
E.G. Marshall Walter Sullivan

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Producer
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Joel Cox Editor
William Goldman Screenwriter
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Michael Maurer Associate Producer
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Lennie Niehaus Songwriter
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Darin Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Bannerman Asst. Director
Dick Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Robert Lorenz Asst. Director
Tim Rooker Executive Producer
Karen Spiegel Producer
David Baldacci Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Absolute Power
1. Works With Hands [3:40]
2. Beating the Clock [4:33]
3. Hidden Loot [4:02]
4. Through a Glass [3:20]
5. Playing Rough [3:39]
6. In Self-Defense [1:47]
7. Gloria in Charge [2:40]
8. Thing Left Behind [3:13]
9. Runner's in Dark [5:48]
10. "Father...done?" [3:06]
11. Another Open/Shut [3:38]
12. Joke of the World? [3:28]
13. Generous Gesture [4:22]
14. Never Figured [2:29]
15. Part of the Job [3:21]
16. $2 Million/Bullet [1:36]
17. A Great Thief [1:38]
18. Get with Program [5:16]
19. Not About to Run [3:32]
20. A Terrible Mistake? [2:39]
21. Where He's Been [5:46]
22. Rendezvous Is Set [2:52]
23. Coming Together [5:31]
24. The Target Is Lit [3:18]
25. Innocent People Do [6:07]
26. Dance With Me, Gloria [4:25]
27. Love of Country [1:41]
28. Race to Save Kate [2:51]
29. Unacceptable [4:25]
30. Substitute Driver [2:14]
31. Face of the Enemy [2:43]
32. President's Door [3:01]
33. Tragic News [2:09]
34. We're Just Fine [1:45]
35. End Credits [4:11]

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clint Eastwood plays an aging thief with grace and humor. Love the relationship mending with his daughter, played by Laura Linney. Ed Harris is incredibly sexy in an understated way. And...Judy Davis is just scary. Easy to escape with this movie based on a David Baldacci novel.
jsur More than 1 year ago
Just read the book, so wanted to compare the movie. The book was better. But we love Clint so it was entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this thriller as it has great qualities in it: a redeemed criminal fighting an government official, the nature of power corrupting, evil in every segment of society, and of the cold blooded nature of government officials when confronted. This is a simple thriller, but you will not be disappointed.