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Absolute Power

  • Drama
  • 1996
  • Clint Eastwood
  • 116 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime drama starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. Ageing thief Luther Whitney is robbing the mansion of businessman Walter Sullivan when Sullivan's wife turns up, accompanied by her lover. Whitney eavesdrops as romance turns to violence and murder, plunging him headlong into a nightmarish conspiracy.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Luther WhitneyClint Eastwood
President RichmondGene Hackman
Seth FrankEd Harris
Kate WhitneyLaura Linney
Bill BurtonScott Glenn
Tim CollinDennis Haysbert
Gloria RussellJudy Davis
Walter SullivanE G Marshall
Christy SullivanMelora Hardin
Sandy LordKenneth Welsh
Michael McCartyRichard Jenkins
Red BrandsfordMark Margolis
Art studentAlison Eastwood
White House tour guideKimber Eastwood

Crew

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DirectorClint Eastwood

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Guidance
Violence, swearing and a sex scene.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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