Absolute Power

Absolute Power

Clint Eastwood (1996)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Clint Eastwood composes the music (with Lennie Niehaus), directs and stars in this well-paced tale of high-level corruption. Clint plays master burglar Luther Whitney, who, while robbing a supposedly impregnable mansion, witnesses President Gene Hackman indulging in a sadistic sex act that leads to the death of a rich man's wife. Whitney and his estranged daughter (Laura Linney) must then stay one step ahead of the police and the president's men. Credibility is the main casualty of the piece, but William Goldman's taut script is well realised by thoughtful direction and the high-calibre cast.


A burglar witnesses a murder involving the US president and flees the scene of the crime before the police arrive. However, a dogged detective is swiftly on his trail, and the thief realises he faces a race against time to uncover the evidence before shadowy secret service agents silence him for good. Thriller, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, with Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Judy Davis and Dennis Haysbert.

Cast & Crew

Luther Whitney Clint Eastwood
President Richmond Gene Hackman
Seth Frank Ed Harris
Gloria Russell Judy Davis
Bill Burton Scott Glenn
Kate Whitney Laura Linney
Tim Collin Dennis Haysbert
Walter Sullivan EG Marshall
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray