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1990s, Drama - Conspiracy

Absolute Power

Released 1997 Rating 15 in UK
Director Clint Eastwood Writer/s William Goldman
Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Scott Glen, Richard Jenkins
Source of story A book of the same name by David Baldacci
Elevator Pitch The US president and the young wife of his principle sponsor are getting together in the latter´s sumptuous mansion, but when things turn ugly the secret service shoot the woman dead, clear up and leave with the president. All is witnessed by a burglar, who escapes but it is not long before the police, the secret service and a freelance assassin are on his trail.
Content An implication that sex is about to happen, some violence and gunfire, plenty of tension and a degree of humour as the police and the burglar end up more or less on the same side.
A View The script was written by one of Hollywood´s masters and it shows, a well constructed and watchable film, just a bit more plotted that the typical Eastwood fare, but maybe he was moving on by then.

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