Sunday, August 26, 2012

Absolute Power (1997)

dir. Clint Eastwood

Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) is sketching the El Greco painting "St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata" - Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Red's Bar - 4200 Belair Road, Baltimore, Maryland

Luther's house - 4212 Parkside Drive, Baltimore, Maryland

Sullivan's mansion - Maryvale Preparatory School, 11300 Falls Road, Brooklandville, Maryland

Luther meets his daughter Kate (Laura Linney) - Elk Neck State Park, 4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, Maryland

Luther's other apartment where he stores his loot - 2022 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC

The White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

'Metropolitan Police Headquarters' - Hall of Justice, 211 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, California. The Hall was closed after having been damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Recently, the building underwent a complete restoration and is scheduled to re-open as the Sheriff's and District Attorney's Headquarters in early 2015.

Luther meets Detective Seth Frank (Ed Harris) - Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC

The gallery interior is Scupture Court, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland

The President's press conference - Baltimore County Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, Maryland

Café Alonzo where Luther meets his daughter and narrowly escapes two assassins - Financial District set, Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California

Luther leaves a package for White House Chief of Staff Gloria Russell (Judy Davis) - Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington DC.

Kate's apartment house - 700 Washington Place, Baltimore, Maryland

The church across the street is Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Kate's car falls off a cliff - Elk Neck State Park, 4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, Maryland. Turkey Point Lighthouse is visible in the background.

The hospital where Kate is taken - 417 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California. It's not a hospital but an apartment building. The ambulance enters it on the W. 4th Street side. There's a parking structure now where the ramp used to be.

See also...

In the Line of Fire

No Way Out

Murder at 1600


  1. ¡Fantástico! Thank you very much because I will go to Baltimore and I love the film.

  2. Thanks for this very useful post. I knew they had used locations in Baltimore. I'm familiar with the city but was going mad trying to identify that Café Alonso location - just didn't click with any street scene I could recall there! Only by reading your post after watching the movie for the umpteenth time did I learn it was a studio backlot! Thanks again.

  3. At the beginning of the movie there is a large city and landscape painting, almost Dante's hell like. Which and whose painting is that?

  4. This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post.!
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  5. I enjoyed the photos and commentary. You may want to take a photo of the Maryvale's castle as it really appears. In the movie there is a large hedge in front. Actually there is a statue of the Virgin Mary. Greenery was used to cover it up. Remember the scene where Luther is on the phone and learns from Det. Frank that the Secret Service is watching Luther's daughter? Luther leaves the phone dangling. The building used to be a Korean cleaners on Marriottsville Rd. by the railroad tracks. I believe that when Det. Frank and Luther are eating and discussing how the crime was probably committed, they are inside of the Engineers Club located in Mt. Vernon near the Washington Monument. A couple of the chase scenes were filmed on Redwood Street in downtown Baltimore.

  6. It's amazing how most of this was filmed in Baltimore and LA. I once lived in DC, didn't recognize any of the locations, and now I know why lol. I currently live in LA and do recognize a handful of the locations though, specifically the hospital. The backlot looks like Warner Brothers in Burbank.