Film Review – ABSOLUTE POWER (1997)

Absolute Power (1997; USA; Technicolor; 122m) ∗∗½  d. Clint Eastwood; w. William Goldman; ph. Jack N. Green; m. Lennie Niehaus.  Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Scott Glenn, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Davis, E. G. Marshall, Melora Hardin, Ken Welsh, Penny Johnson, Richard Jenkins, Alison Eastwood, Kimber Eastwood. A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. Highly implausible and lacking in pace, this is made watchable by the quality of the performers – although Davis chews the scenery somewhat in an eccentric portrayal as private secretary to Hackman’s president. Based on the novel by David Baldacci. Marshall’s final appearance in a theatrical film. [15]