Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1997. Castle Rock Entertainment, Malpaso Productions. Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the book by David Baldacci. Cinematography by Jack N. Green. Produced by Clint Eastwood, Karen S. Spiegel. Music by Lennie Niehaus. Production Design by Henry Bumstead. Costume Design by Deborah Hopper. Film Editing by Joel Cox.
Solid thriller features director Clint Eastwood 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 (Gene Hackman). The trick is to somehow prove the President’s guilt without getting himself put away for his own criminal activity. Disapproving daughter Laura Linney becomes a pawn in a chess game of power being played between cops (Ed Harris), presidential security (headed by a wonderfully neurotic Judy Davis) and the President himself. Taut and exciting, with many successfully Hitchcockian, dialogue-free scenes of suspense.