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In this thriller, an aging cat burglar becomes a crusader embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game involving murder and a government cover-up. Adapted by distinguished scenarist William Goldman from a novel by David Baldacci and featuring a powerful all-star cast, the story works at different levels, not only as a straight-forward thriller but also as an insightful look at the love between the old thief and his estranged daughter, a highly successful prosecuting attorney. The trouble begins when ex-con Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood, who also directed) decides to pull off one last heist before retiring. Just as he finishes looting the vault of a well-fortified mansion, a drunken couple enters the adjoining bedroom apparently eager to start making love. But something goes awry and a violent tussle ensues that abruptly ends when gun-wielding men bust in and shoot down the woman. During the ensuing chaos, Luther slips out. Only later does the audience learn that the would-be lovers were U.S.-President Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman) and Christy Sullivan (Melora Hardin), the young wife of the President's biggest supporter Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall). As the investigation and cover-up begins, Luther, who has already been contacted by hard-boiled and suspicious detective Seth Frank (Ed Harris) begins to fear that he will be blamed for the killing and prepares to leave the country. He tries to see his daughter Kate (Laura Linney) to make peace with her for having been absent in prison during most of her life, but she rejects him. Luther goes to the airport, but just before he flies, he sees a press conference in which President Richmond, without so much as a twitch, goes on a tirade concerning his stand against violence. Something inside him snaps and he abruptly decides to stay and fight for justice. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:February 14, 1997


Clint Eastwood
as Luther Whitney
Gene Hackman
as President Alan Richmond
Ed Harris
as Seth Frank
Laura Linney
as Kate Whitney
Judy Davis
as Gloria Russell
Scott Glenn
as Bill Burton
Dennis Haysbert
as Tim Collin
Melora Hardin
as Christy Sullivan
Alison Eastwood
as Art Student
Joy Ehrlich
as Reporter
Mark Margolis
as Red
George Orrison
as Airport Bartender
E.G. Marshall
as Walter Sullivan
Yau-Gene Chan
as Waiter
Richard Jenkins
as Michael McCarty
Kenneth Welsh
as Sandy Lord
Kimber Eastwood
as White House Tour Guide
Robert Harvey
as Cop
Elaine Kagan
as Valerie


Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Karen Spiegel
William Goldman
Jack N. Green
Joel Cox
Andrea Horta
Neil Burrow
Butch Wolf
Henry Bumstead
Production Designer
Jack Taylor
Art Director
Michael Maurer
Associate Producer
Tom Rooker
Executive Producer
Anne McCulley
Set Designer
Deborah Hopper
Costume Designer
Robert Lorenz
First Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman
First Assistant Director
Tom Rooker
First Assistant Director
Alison Rosa
First Assistant Director
John Frazier
Cate Hardman
Jessica Gallavan
Bub Asman
Suzanne Lore
Stephen Campanelli
Camera Operator
Anastas Michos
Camera Operator
Thomas Loizeaux
Camera Operator
Shirley Kirkes
Darin Knight
Sound Mixer
Pat Moran
Phyllis Huffman
Michael Maurer
Production Manager
Stephen Campanelli
Steadicam Operator
Bub Asman
Sound Editor
Carol O'Connell
Hair Styles
Mike Dobie
Dialogue Editor
Constance A. Kazmar
Dialogue Editor
Martine White
Location Manager
John Reitz
Re-Recording Mixer
Jessica Gallavan
Action Director
Tania McComas
Buddy Van Horn
Stunts Coordinator
Gary Krivacek
Sound Effects Director
Gregg Rudloff
Re-Recording Mixer