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All the King's Men

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
All the King's Men


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This is the story of working class hero Southern demagogue Willie Stark--rising from the mud of the back country--and his long climb to the top, followed by his longer drop to the bottom. Abetted by newspaper reporter Jack Burden, who becomes his chronicler, Stark's career begins with running for county treasurer and losing. Through law school, private practice, and finally as people's advocate against corruption, he moves up the political ladder. In his second run for governor, Willie vows to give the people new hospitals, schools, roads--and when he's elected, he delivers. But the more power he gets, the more corrupt he acts, until he's unrecognizable. He chases women, turns his family into photo-op props, and makes Burden his personal character assassin. Do the ends justify the means? Is it power that corrupts, or is it that power allows people to be corrupt? These are the questions that Willie Stark, in the end, cannot answer.
Title: All the king's men
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Columbia Pictures Corp. :, Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, c2006.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1949.
Based upon the Pulitzer Prize novel "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.
Title from title frames.
Special features: All the King's Men (2006) sneak preview, including interviews with James Gandolfini, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins; All the King's Men (2006) theatrical trailer.
Summary: This is the story of working class hero Southern demagogue Willie Stark--rising from the mud of the back country--and his long climb to the top, followed by his longer drop to the bottom. Abetted by newspaper reporter Jack Burden, who becomes his chronicler, Stark's career begins with running for county treasurer and losing. Through law school, private practice, and finally as people's advocate against corruption, he moves up the political ladder. In his second run for governor, Willie vows to give the people new hospitals, schools, roads--and when he's elected, he delivers. But the more power he gets, the more corrupt he acts, until he's unrecognizable. He chases women, turns his family into photo-op props, and makes Burden his personal character assassin. Do the ends justify the means? Is it power that corrupts, or is it that power allows people to be corrupt? These are the questions that Willie Stark, in the end, cannot answer.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated Canadian Home Video Rating PG.
Awards & Distinctions: Winner, 1950 Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role--Mercedes McCambridge, Best Actor in a Leading Role--Broderick Crawford, Best Picture--Robert Rossen Productions; 1950 Writer's Guild of America Awards for Best Written American Drama and The Robert Meltzer Award (Screenplay Dealing Most Ably with Problems of the American Scene)--Robert Rossen; 1950 Golden Globe Awards for Most Promising Newcomer-Female and Best Supporting Actress--Mercedes McCambridge, Best Motion Picture Actor--Broderick Crawford, Best Motion Picture Director--Robert Rossen, Best Motion Picture-Drama.
Additional Contributors: Warren, Robert Penn - 1905-1989.
Rhodes, Grandon
Wright, Will - 1891-1962
Burke, Walter - 1908-1984.
Greenleaf, Raymond - 1892-1963.
Warren, Katherine - 1905-1965.
Seymour, Anne - 1909-1988.
Dumke, Ralph - 1900-1964.
Strudwick, Shepperd - 1907-1983
McCambridge, Mercedes
Derek, John - 1926-1998
Dru, Joanne - 1923-1996
Ireland, John - 1914-1992.
Crawford, Broderick - 1911-1986
Rossen, Robert - 1908-1966
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
Columbia Pictures Corporation
ISBN: 9781404913769
1404913769
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Report This Sep 04, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The protagonist (Willie Stark) first teaches himself law and becomes a lawyer, championing the local people and gaining popularity. He then decides to go into politics. Willie seems to work for the people. So the people support him from the bottom of their heart. Along the way, however, he becomes as corrupt as the politicians he once fought against, and Willie starts acting like a dictator. This is usually the way an innocent man turns into a politician in the States---if not in the world political scenes. Adam Stanton (surgeon) assassinates Willie after he has successfully got away with an impeachment investigation because he tries to discredit the reputation of his uncle (ex-Attorney General) who commits suicide and because he had an affair with Adam's sister. This movie was loosely based on the real-life Louisiana Governor, Huey Long, who was assassinated on September 8, 1935. Long was was at the State Capitol attempting to oust a long-time opponent, Judge Benjamin Henry Pavy. If it passed, Judge Pavy would be removed from the bench. Judge Pavy's son-in-law, Dr. Carl Weiss, had been at the State Capitol waiting to speak to Long. The doctor tried to see Long three times before but was brushed off each time in the hallway by Long. Dr. Weiss approached Long for the third time and fired a handgun at Long from four feet away, striking him in the abdomen. Long's bodyguards returned fire, hitting Weiss 62 times, and killed him at the spot. Long was rushed to the hospital but died two days later.

Report This Dec 25, 2010
  • JLMason rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The movie does a good job of capturing the essence of the book even though the screenplay simplifies its more complex plot line for reasons of pace and narrative. However, one would get more from the movie having read the book.

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