Absolute Power

1997, Mystery & thriller, 2h

56 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Absolute Power collapses under its preposterous plotting despite an all-star cast and Clint Eastwood's deft direction. Read critic reviews

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While robbing the home of aging billionaire Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall), Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) is interrupted by an amorous couple entering the building. As Whitney hides, he sees Sullivan's young wife, Christy (Melora Hardin), and the U.S. President, Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman). When their affection turns violent, Christy is killed by the Secret Service. Although Whitney flees, he is framed for the murder. Now, he seeks justice with the help of detective Seth Frank (Ed Harris).

Cast & Crew

Clint Eastwood
Luther Whitney
Gene Hackman
President Allen Richmond
Ed Harris
Seth Frank
Laura Linney
Kate Whitney
Judy Davis
Gloria Russell
Scott Glenn
Bill Burton
E.G. Marshall
Walter Sullivan
Melora Hardin
Christy Sullivan
Tom Rooker
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Critic Reviews for Absolute Power

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (24)

  • Eastwood the director sets a pace so poky that grannies with walkers seem fleet in comparison. Of course, this makes the many plot holes and implausibilities all the more evident...

    June 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Clint Eastwood as producer-director-star strikes out in a rather slack thriller that oddly recalls a couple of Hitchcock's lesser movies, To Catch a Thief and Topaz.

    June 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Absolute Power is... fresh out of the clichés that reduce most thrillers to formula.

    June 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Absolute Power" is not a "must-see." But if you're looking for a well-made, grown-up movie, it's worth your time and money.

    June 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Absolute Power" wanders. Yet, the movie is worth seeing simply because of Eastwood's presence, his (and Green's) camera, his excellent cast.

    June 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Eastwood is at his effortless, slyboots best: he deftly cranks up the suspense at the beginning, but by the end he's cruising along so briskly that he can afford to throw away the climactic, violent scenes other directors would belabor.

    March 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Absolute Power

  • Jun 22, 2016
    A great film! Clint does an amazing job both in front of and behind the camera in this one. A stellar cast is assembled and does David Baldacci's book (that the film is derived from) justice. Story is a career thief (Eastwood) witnesses a horrific crime during a heist involving the US President (Hackman). This one just has to be seen.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    A taunt, riveting and first-rate thriller with a twist. A compelling, well-character drawn and masterfully crafted crafted thriller from Director, Clint Eastwood. Eastwood is brilliant, he gives a great and gritty performance. Laura Linney is excellent. Ed Harris is terrific. It`s a utterly exciting and pulse-pounding thrill-ride. A fantastic movie. It delivers top-notch acting, tightly-paced plot and outstanding craftsmanship. Thrillers don`t get anymore exciting or smart than this one.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2012
    Star studded and headlined/directed by Clint Eastwood this thriller can't quite live up to its top notch cast. The story suffices but doesn't bring anything new to the genre and can't utilize all its great actors with their underdeveloped roles. As far as an entertaining film though, "Absolute Power" is quite good. We are given a first-hand look at a brutal crime, along with Luther (Clint Eastwood) and then we see the cover-up and the ensuing chaos. This is a rather middling effort from Eastwood but decent.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    Not a bad movie by any means but I felt it was a completely dull and boring film. There's really nothing going for it. Oh and some of the scenes at the beginning are WAY too dark, to the point where you can't even tell what's going on. It failed, and it surprised me that Clint Eastwood, who's a hell of a filmmaker, would allow such amateur-ish shit to grace one of his movies. But that is really it, don't have much to say. It's just another movie, you watch it, then you're done with it and you never think about it again.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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