Absolute Power script
Synopsis: 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).

Luther studies the photo a moment. Then he turns, looks

out the window.

8 POV SHOT -SLIVER OF MOON 8

is visible. Lovely. Peaceful.

9 LUTHER 9

Now Luther opens the sketch pad, quickly flips past the

hands and eyes and faces -

--we are looking at something totally different: a

mansion.

HOLD ON Luther’s drawing of the mansion.

KEEP HOLDING.

PULL BACK to reveal -

4.

10 EXT. SULLIVAN MANSION -NIGHT 10

In the moonlight --it looks exactly like his drawing.

But no drawing could convey the size of the place --we

are looking at ten thousand square feet. Wealth and

power.

We’re in rolling hill country. The mansion is dark.

Totally deserted. Silence.

Now a sound -TIRES ON GRAVEL. A car comes rolling INTO

VIEW. The motor of the car has been turned off. The

lights of the car have been turned off. The car slides

to a stop. Again, silence...

HOLD ON mansion, a couple of hundred yards away. There

is a small field between the car and the estate. Now -

11 EXT. SULLIVAN MANSION/INT. LUTHER’S CAR -NIGHT 11

A man holds binoculars, studying the place. He wears

dark clothes, tennis shoes. He puts down the binoculars,

begins to smear his face with black camouflage cream -

--it’s Luther, and he’s been a professional thief his

entire life. He’s a three-time loser, but his last

sentence was so long ago and his skills are now so vast,

so refined, that it is unlikely he will ever get caught

again.

12 EXT. SULLIVAN MANSION -GROUNDS -NIGHT 12

The grounds as Luther glides through it. He wears a

backpack.

The night is cool.

He stops. All that separates him from the mansion now is

a stretch of gorgeous lawn. Except for Luther, it isn’t

gorgeous --it’s no-man’s land.

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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