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All the King's Men

All the King's Men(1950)

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  • all the king's men

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/12/15

    Ok adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's classic novel of political corruption. Fine performances from Broderick Crawford, John Ireland and, especially, Mercedes McCambridge. The problem is Robert Rossen's screenplay. Basically, it lacks nuance in its delineation of Willie Stark. By this, I mean that the guy, as written is, about twenty minutes into the movie, all deviousness and evil and anger. Not a shred of decency left in him. But that's the point, you may object. Stark loses what virtue he had in the quest for power. Fine, but don't then surround him with decent, intelligent people, like Jack Burden and Anne Stanton, who stay with him long past the point when they see what an unvarnished creep he is. It's simply not believable that such people would continue to serve an amoral Stark. Unless of course Rossen had bothered to create a more credible character, with layers, rather than a caricatured redneck pol. Give it a B minus.

  • Fascinating metamorphosis

    • Will Fox
    • 2/12/15

    Broderick Crawford earned the Best Actor Oscar for his very believable performance, as a rural guy, frustrated by corrupt petty politics, so he stands up to make a difference. As Willie Stark, he exposes government corruption, and galvanizes resentment among arrogantly entrenched politicians. Like Abe Lincoln he loses early elections. But, Willie is no quitter. People respect fighters. Winning popularity, he's elected Gov. That's the rise. Then as Lord Acton teaches, "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." Willie becomes a bully, offering bribes to cover up multiplying mistakes. See this fascinating metamorphosis from Good, to Bad, to Ugly. Creating a culture of corruption, as a demagogue he infects everyone around him. Historic parallels include Huey Long, Texan Lynden Baines Johnson (LBJ in Vietnam and his Great Society), Vladimir Putin in Russia today, etc. Broderick Crawford continued as an arrogant government contractor in "Born Yesterday" (1950), a charming comedy. He's a tycoon, bullying boyfriend of bimboesque blonde, Judy Holliday. She gets educated, he gets comeuppance. In 1955-59 he starred in TV's hit "Highway Patrol," Chief Cop Dan Matthews. In 1943 he served overseas in the US Army and in the 1960s Crawford earned stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his films and TV shows. Fascinating metamorphosis.

  • Overrated

    • Dave Jordan
    • 2/8/14

    This is one of the most over rated movies of all time. Anyone that knows The true story of Huey Long knows that this fictionalized account doesn't do Any of the real people justice and really is a boring version of the real story. Read the true accounts of Huey Long and you will get a completely differentImage of this man who was both behind and ahead of his time on many issues.I guess 1950 was a bad year for movies and a bad year to be a liberal and a racist. Don't waste your time on this movie just go read some books and get a Much more entertaining version of the true story.

  • All the King's Men

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 10/25/12

    The Best Picture winner of '49 is a cutting, still-relevant story. Crawford won the Best Actor Oscar as the Huey Long-like Stark, McCambridge also won for her debut film and Ireland was nominated as a torn man. The deals Crawford makes sometimes seem ludacris, but the adaptation of the Warren's novel is enthralling. A brilliantly-made film. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Long Story good film

    • Oliver Cutshaw
    • 2/27/09

    The novel and the movie are more or less the Huey Long story, but fictionalized details are added for dramatic effect. What the film shows is that not only does power corrupt, but that it potentially can harm all who come into contact with these powerful leaders. This movie is wonderfully acted and has a truly literate script. Some viewers find it a bit of a "downer" but it is a revealing look at political wheeling and dealing the old fashioned way. Oh, if you want the real Huey Long story with no literary devices added on there is an excellent PBS documentary on the Kingfish.

  • Huey Long

    • Mary
    • 10/10/08

    This movie looks like it was based on Gov.Huey Long from Louisiana. Is this possible?

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