Absolute Power (1997)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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




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  • Ed Harris and Amy Madigan at an event for Absolute Power (1997)
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  • Clint Eastwood in Absolute Power (1997)

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30 December 2005 | jpm610
| Absolutely enticing

A very fun plot. Gene Hackman could vilify Ghandi given the right lines. Clint Eastwood as a high-stakes jewel thief?? I'm in heaven. Soft, subtle score; typical of modern Eastwood films. Intense finale that has you rooting for the bad guys, or is it the good guys?? You decide. E. G. Marshall's version of a scorned billionaire is a wonderful turn.


I have not read Baldacci's novel this is based upon. But I have to think, Clint Eastwood was not who he had in mind for the elusive cat burglar Luther Whitney. That casting was probably a little too self-serving. Also, I did enjoy the plot. But maybe a touch of more believability would have been nice. The murder scene at the beginning, while necessary for the remainder, may be a touch too implausible for my taste.


Solid entertainment. This rating denotes that. Sure, won't win any Oscars, but that's not why you really want to see a film like this. We all root for these high stakes take-the-money-and-run type finales and here we are satiated in the chicanery, the likes of which could only emanate from D.C. Seven out of ten.

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Release Date:

14 February 1997


English, Spanish

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,678,016 16 February 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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