Absolute Power (1997)

CLINT EASTWOOD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997Castle Rock Entertainment, Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Clint Eastwood, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Solid thriller features director  at the top of his form, a great follow-up to his equally excellent The Bridges of Madison County. He plays a veteran, semi-retired burglar who keeps up his thievery for exercise, and one night on the job witnesses a murder involving the president of the United States (). The trick is to somehow prove the President’s guilt without getting himself put away for his own criminal activity. Disapproving daughter becomes a pawn in a chess game of power being played between cops (), presidential security (headed by a wonderfully neurotic ) and the President himself. Taut and exciting, with many successfully Hitchcockian, dialogue-free scenes of suspense.

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