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).

One final check of his surroundings --then he sets off,

in graceful motion, long strides eating up the ground.

He makes no sound at all.

13 EXT. SULLIVAN MANSION -FRONT DOOR -NIGHT 13

Thick wood with reinforced steel.

Luther stops by the door, takes off his backpack, opens

it. He puts on plastic gloves that have a special layer

of padding at the fingertips and palms. Now he takes a

key, inserts it in the front door, turns it, and the

instant he pushes the door open --ZOOM TO:

5.

14 INT. SULLIVAN MANSION -FOYER -NIGHT 14

The infrared SECURITY DETECTOR --it immediately starts

to BEEP and you can see the seconds being counted down:

forty, thirty-nine, thirty -

CUT TO:

15 LUTHER 15

--in his hands now is an automatic screwdriver, no more

than six inches long ---

he sets to work on the security panel that is inside

in the foyer next to the front door.

The screwdriver undoes the first screw, the second -CUT

TO:

16 SECURITY DETECTOR 16

Thirty-one, thirty, twenty -CUT

TO:

17 SCREWDRIVER 17

Now the third and fourth screws are in hands and he lifts

the security panel away.

The BEEPING sound is constant ---

and getting louder.

A tiny device, no bigger than a pocket calculator. It

has two wires protruding from it. It is, we are about to

find out, a tiny computer. Luther holds it like a baby.

CUT TO:

18 SECURITY DETECTOR 18

Eighteen, seventeen -CUT

TO:

19 LUTHER 19

probing with the wires into the heart of the security

panel.

(CONTINUED)

6.

19 CONTINUED:
19

The BEEPING is LOUDER still.

The security panel. Luther is attempting delicate work

and it’s dark so it isn’t easy but he continues to probe

with the wires and -CUT

TO:

20 SECURITY DETECTOR 20

Eleven, ten -CUT

TO:

21 LUTHER 21

and he’s got it attached!

22 COMPUTER 22

Now the face of the tiny computer is alive with numbers

--they fly by much too fast for us to make them out

clearly.

CUT TO:

23 SECURITY DETECTOR 23

Four, three, two -CUT

TO:

24 FACE OF TINY COMPUTER 24

as five numbers lock --7 --13 --19 --8 --11 -The

BEEPING sound dies.

CUT TO:

25 LUTHER 25

A glance across the foyer --the lights of the security

detector go from red to a warm looking green.

Safe.

(CONTINUED)

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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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