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Plot: 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… Runtime: 121 min Release Date: 14 Feb 1997
Here is a well-paced Clint film that is fit for a heart-attack! The cast that accompanies Eastwood is flawless. As 'Luther' the old 'cat' who has made a fine career out of stealing, is at a major moral crossroad...from what he had witnessed on 'the job' that never should have taken place, in front of him. This is a stunner, that keeps your pulse pounding in places and slows down to a normal pace in other spots, and it all works perfectly. Eastwood's style is second to none, as he makes his way through this thrill-ride of an enthralling story. He is very <more>
thought-provoking as he works to figure his 'escape', then a moral dilemma of major proportions hits him like a ton of brick!! His whole mission, has changed at that point and he knows it. From then on, he is set on a new course of decisive action. Next to actors like Scott Glenn and Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Judy Davis Dennis Haybert, that is pretty solid for a cast, all the players pull their own weight. But then with the addition of Gene Hackman, this is a frantic paced unveiling of events.This for sure, rounds out my top of the top great films... This is recommended as a Clint Eastwood fun, solid action, white knuckled thriller that is satisfying for most discreminating movie-mogals I would believe. *****
President's have Affair's But not Murder! (by whpratt1)
Viewed this film quite a few times and greatly enjoyed the entire plot. I did think about former President Clinton and his affair, however, I doubt very much that anyone very close to the President, including the Secret Service would cover up a MURDER! Clint Eastwood made this a great mystery with his great acting skills and directing talent. Luther Whitney Clint Eastwood ,"Unforgiven",'02, was doing a great job in house stealing from E.G. Marshall Walter Sullivan ,"Russian Holiday",'92, and at the same time his wife, Melora Hardin Christy Sullivan ,"The Hot <more>
Chick",'02 was plenty Hot and passionate with Gene Hackman, Pres. Allen Richmond ,"Welcome to Mooseport",'04. It seems that Walter Sullivan was use to watching his wife have affairs with other men, as he had a perfect hidden room which permitted him observe EVERYTHING GOING ON AND MORE in his bedroom. Laura Linney Kate Whitney ,"Mystic River",'04, was Clint Eastwood's daughter in this film and she was always after him to give up the love of his life JOB, ROBBING THE RICH! This is definitely a great film to view off and on and just simply enjoy the great acting by great Veteran Screen Actors and Director!
Would love to see the 1st run again! (by charwillie1)
I saw this movie on opening day and enjoyed it so much, I went with another friend the next week and it was edited. The opening weekend of the movie had one of the bodyguard to check the woman for signs of relationship with the "president" and it was hilarious how he picked up her legs to "look" evidence after stating he was not a gyne! I wish I could purchase or even view this again! I have not read the book so I can not compare. Many have stated the difference but it was a great plot with a few funny parts. The plot just goes to show you that no matter how <more>
"important" you are, you a human with all the same temptations that people of lesser statue have. A cover up is just that- covering up something that WILL be discovered later after the masks are pulled off. Clint Eastwood was the perfect one for the lead roll and Ed Harris is always a treat.
Certainly one of Eastwood's best films. (by mhasheider)
A cleverly written suspense tale of where Luther Whitney Clint Eastwood , a master thief who overhears the conversation between two people that he hardly knows. A few minutes later, one of the two people is shot in the back and dies. When Whitney comes out of hiding a few minutes later, he finds out that the people behind the murder cover-up involves the President of the United States Gene Hackman , two Secret Service agents Scott Glenn, Dennis Haysbert , and the Chief of Staff Judy Davis . A local cop, Seth Frank Ed Harris investigates the homicide and finds out that Whitney isn't <more>
the main suspect. The second half of the film is just as terrific as the first half is. The film is based on David Baldacci's novel and is masterfully adapted in the story that's done by William Goldman. Lennie Niehaus composes a very solid musical score, Jack N. Green's cinematography is well done and so is the production design by Henry Bumstead. The performances in this movie are great, most notably Eastwood, Hackman, Harris, and the late E.G. Marshall as old Walter Sullivan . "Absolute Power" is certainly one of Eastwood's best films as a director .
I had this on my long list of to-watch vids because of the mediocre reviews, but I'm glad I watched this. It plays like a good TV movie. Never once was I bored! Sure, there are suspensions of disbelief you have to have, but if you just ignore the silly parts, it's a good feel-good movie. Clint Eastwood, Ed Harris, and Laura Linney provided good performances. There was a good amount of action and drama. I hated Gene Hackman as the president, but they basically needed a tall, pervy geezer to play the role and he fit nicely. The two characters that truly bugged me were played by Judy <more>
Davis the Chief of Staff and Dennis Haysbert the black Secret Service agent . Davis' character is a clueless idiot and Haysbert is just a robot following orders. Have I mentioned that you have to suspend disbelief? Just have a couple of drinks and enjoy this little story and don't take it too seriously.
This is a film I liked a lot. I don't watch politics. But, it is something you have to really follow. It took me 2 times to catch everything. I loved it when I caught everything. Luther is a very well trained thief.
Corrupts absolutely (by CuriosityKilledShawn)
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 <more>
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.
tense powerful crime and brilliance from Eastwood (by Stampsfightclub)
The Narrative.A consistent plot involving many different types of characters in the form of organised professional robber Whitney Marvellously portrayed by Eastwood who is involved in a huge conspiracy involving the very uncomfortable president Hackman.Perhaps the story gets too involved at points with a lack of realism. However the film is always tense and engaging, especially the beginning which was definitely one of my all time favourite openings to a crime film. Tense, exciting and with a few twists it presents a realistic view of a robber caught up in what will surely be a huge <more>
case.The story justifies the genre by being focused upon murders and robberies and adds sentimental value in the form of family and friendship values. Laura Linney The Truman Show is terrific as Eastwood's daughter and adds a great sentimental value to a heavy crime film. She is involved in a great twists towards the end which is a must watch.The ending surprised me. Although there were great twists, the final few scenes and the way the narrative came to never felt quite justified in my opinion but then again I may have been expecting too much from a film that was consistent and engaging from the beginning. The film is always kept exciting through the tense robbery scenes, character actions and a plot about a man and his power.Direction.Eastwood's direction is simply breathtaking. The opening sequence where he explores the neatly kept mansion for his robbery is the best moment in the entire film; I was literally on the edge of my seat. Dark, quiet and with a grace that any director would be proud of I held my breathe from start to finish. Heavy critics may argue it conforms too much to an action styled genre with many shots appearing focusing in or around the main priority but I appreciated it for what it was, which was sheer brilliance.Eastwood is outstanding in the whole of this film. Not only his ability to pull off a stern ageing character but this direction is also worthy of huge praise.watch it if...you enjoy the crime genre and appreciate tense dramatic sequences.but its simply just worth watching for the beginning.
Absolute Power is an exciting thriller and one of the better latter-day films that Clint has starred in. I thought True Crime was mediocre, Space Cowboys nothing but a gathering of names, Bloodwork pretty lame and boring and Million Dollar Baby...well, it's not really a Clint Eastwood film, is it? It is a Hilary Swank film, although Clint made perhaps his greatest performance ever in it.Anyway, the first couple times I watched Absolute Power, I thought it was OK but didn't do anything special for me. It is only now, after seeing it again after many years that I see its' quality. <more>
Not among Eastwood's greatest works or roles, but another exciting and pleasing work. After the sappiness of Bridges of Madison County this came as a breath of fresh air for us who appreciate "the real" Clint Eastwood. I am not putting down on that film either, but such roles are not really where he is best put at use.This film boasts a really marvelous supporting cast consisting of Gene Hackman, Laura Linney, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Judy Davis. All class acts. So if you have never seen it and are a fan of Eastwood, see it! If you have seen it before, but didn't quite get into it, give it another try. This really is one of Clint's last good thrillers, perhaps the last one that resembles his true classics.