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Absolute Power

category: Moviesdirector:Clint Eastwoodruntime:121 minyear: 1997
genres: Action Crime Drama Thriller
Based on the novel by David Baldacci, Absolute Power is about the ruthlessness of people in power. The President believes that everything he does is beyond reproach, including an affair or two. That leads to murder and everyone around him is involved. There is only one witness, a thief named Luther Whitney. They are sure he'll talk, but when? The Secret Service is determined to keep him quiet, but catching a thief isn't always easy.
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.


Absolute Power Videos

Absolute Power (1997) (Theatrical Trailer)

Absolute Power (1997) (Theatrical Trailer)
He was where he shouldn't have been and saw what he shouldn't have seen. Now, who will believe the word of a career thief and ex-con? Who will trust Luther ...

Absolute Power - Trailer

Absolute Power - Trailer
He was where he shouldn't have been and saw what he shouldn't have seen. Now, who will believe the word of a career thief and ex-con? Who will trust Luther ...

No offence - Absolute Power  - BBC comedy

No offence - Absolute Power - BBC comedy
Starring Stephen Fry. Public Relations guru Charles Prentiss tries not to cause too much offence over lunch with his new client. Hilarious clip from the BBC ...

Tropico 3: Absolute Power - E3 2010 Trailer

Tropico 3: Absolute Power - E3 2010 Trailer
Name: Tropico 3: Absolute Power Release date: To Be Announced Platform(s): PC and Xbox 360 Publisher(s): Kalypso Media Developer(s): Haemimont ...

Devil May Cry 5 -- Absolute Power Trailer [HD]

Devil May Cry 5 -- Absolute Power Trailer [HD]
Set against a contemporary backdrop, DmC -- Devil May Cry depicts a duplicitous world where nothing is ever as it seems and the line between good and evil is ...

Absolute Power reviews

Absolute Power may not be an overly special film but it was the first movie I saw in the cinema after leaving high school. I was certainly not the target audience but it had my attention from the first scene and maintained the suspense for the during of the running time, even if it doesn't build to much.Clint Eastwood plays Luther Whitney, an expert thief who targets billionaire industrialist Walter Sullivan (grouchy old EG Marshall, in his last theatrical movie) while he is off on vacation. While in the midst of cleaning out the vault the President of the United States (Gene Hackman) enters the room with Sullivan's wife. Whitney hides in the vault, which has a two-way mirror, and witnesses the President get a little too rough with the woman, which ends in her fighting him off and being murdered by the secret service. The Chief of Staff concocts a plan to cover up the murder not knowing that Whitney is watching the whole thing. As the group leave he escapes, taking a crucial piece of evidence with him.Initially unsure what to do, Whitney decides to taunt the President, though it's not clear what his complete plan is or even if he's just free-forming. If one should fault Absolute Power for any reason it's that it establishes a lot of plot and potential but never really does anything with it and ends with an anti-climactic cop-out.Where it succeeds is with the small cast of characters who really make the dialogue and relationships work. Ed Harris as the confused but dedicated cop investigating the case, Laura Linney as Whitney's resentful daughter, and the austere Scott Glenn as the self-doubting agent make every scene effortless even when there's not much happening.Adapted from (and streamlined and improved in the process) the bloated novel by David Baldacci (I call them 'Airport novels' – those 600-page bricks with generic covers featuring nothing but the title and author in giant gold letters in a tacky font) the screenplay makes many changes but they are all for the better. Eastwood's direction is slow and steady – or 'mature'. The pace and framing is the antidote for anyone bored to tears with the nauseating aesthetic of today's comic-book movies and CGI nightmares.A curious thing about the beginning of the movie is that Clint Eastwood only has 2 lines of dialogue for the entire 35 minutes. I don't understand why he didn't cut them out and remain silent, which would give the film a peculiar edge.

Absolute Power quotes

Bill Burton: Miss Russell, I should've called the police that night but I was weak. You convinced me to stay silent. I regret that. Know this: every time I see your face, I wanna rip your throat out.
[after seeing a smiling/lying Alan Richmond on TV]
Luther Whitney: I've got to go have my pacemaker checked, it has been so exciting talking to you.
[Collin, disguised as a doctor, tries to kill Kate with an injection; Luther, also disguised as a doctor, comes up behind him and jabs a syringe into his neck]
Walter Sullivan: I don't yet know who it is I'm after. Until I do, you'll have to wait in Washington for instructions.

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