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
Excellent movie Story characters plot twist all in abundance in this movie Clint Eastwood continues to once again deliver he makes watching a pleasure I have not seen any movie with this great actor be anything but excellent take this one off today you'll be glad you did
Clint Eastwood has been around for quite some time now. He continues to make quality movie after quality movie. Though this movie is a bit older, the way it is filmed and the quality put into it is outstanding. It pits one man's guilt against knowing that if he spills his knowledge of the situation he will also get in trouble. Just a wonderful movie.
Fun movie. We saw it when it first came.out and thought it would be worth a second viewing. It's a little predictable, but Clint delivers his vengeful Clint-e-ness. Also, movies where Hackman gets his kink on are awfully entertaining! Fun film!