All the King's Men

All the King's Men

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Director: Robert Rossen

Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Derek, Joanne Dru

     
 

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men is a roman à clef inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey Long. Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, a backwoods Southern lawyer who wins the hearts of his constituents by bucking the corrupt state government. Journalist

Overview

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men is a roman à clef inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey Long. Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, a backwoods Southern lawyer who wins the hearts of his constituents by bucking the corrupt state government. Journalist Jack Burden (John Ireland) is impressed by Willie's seeming sincerity, and aids Stark on the road to political power. Once he's reached the governor's mansion, however, Willie proves himself to be as dishonest and despotic as the crooks whom he's replaced. He also cheats shamelessly on his wife with both his campaign manager (Mercedes McCambridge, another Oscar winner) and with Anne Stanton (Joanne Dru), the sister of idealistic doctor Adam Stanton (Sheppard Strudwick). Fiercely protective of his power, Willie organizes a fascistic police force and arranges for "accidents" to befall those who oppose him; even so, he retains the love of the voters by lowering the poverty level, improving the school system, and financing building projects. Even when Willie all but orchestrates the suicide of Anne's uncle, a highly respected judge (Raymond Greenleaf), those closest to him are unable to escape his power and the charismatic hold he has over people. Stockton, CA, stands in for the unnamed state capitol where most of the film's action occurs. In addition to its Oscars for Crawford and McCambridge, All the King's Men won the Best Picture prize. Warren's novel would later be adapted into a stage play, a TV special, and even an opera.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
As a powerful indictment of modern politics, All the King's Men represents a landmark in the maturation of United States cinema. It is dominated by the dynamic performance of Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark, a thinly disguised version of real-life populist demagogue Huey Long. In an era that was still churning out feel-good political dramas like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, audiences were shocked by the confrontational realism of a film that said not only that the American political system was corrupt but also that, absent the intervention of violence, it would remain corrupt. It has many cinematic descendants, most notably the similarly named All the President's Men about a real-life corrupt politician, and the observable fact of history that at least in this case, that the checks and balances did work to remove the corrupt official in ways that they did not for Huey Long.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0043396130524
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Sneak peek of the new theatrical film All the King's Men including interviews with James Gandolfini, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins; Theatrical trailer for "All the King's Men"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Broderick Crawford Willie Stark
John Derek Tom Stark
Joanne Dru Anne Stanton
John Ireland Jack Burden
Mercedes McCambridge Sadie Burke
Shepperd Strudwick Adam Stanton
Ralph Dumke Tiny Duffy
Anne Seymour Lucy Stark
Katherine Warren Mrs. Burden
Raymond Greenleaf Judge Stanton
Walter Burke Sugar Boy
Will Wright Dolph Pillsbury
Grandon Rhodes Floyd McEvoy
H.C. Miller Pa Stark
Richard Hale Hale
Houseley Stevenson Madison
Phil Tully Football coach
Helene Stanley Helene Hale
Paul Ford Man
King Donovan Reporter
Ted French Dance caller
Judd Holdren Politician
Louis Mason Minister
Paul Maxey Local chairman
John Miller Drunk
Pat O'Malley Politician
Frank Wilcox Man

Technical Credits
Robert Rossen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Clay Campbell Makeup
Sturges Carne Art Director
Al Clark Editor
Louis Gruenberg Score Composer
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Nelson Asst. Director
Robert Parrish Editor
Robert Penn Warren Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- All the King's Men
1. Chapter 1 [1:21]
2. Chapter 2 [1:17]
3. Chapter 3 [1:39]
4. Chapter 4 [3:30]
5. Chapter 5 [6:27]
6. Chapter 6 [4:41]
7. Chapter 7 [:56]
8. Chapter 8 [2:06]
9. Chapter 9 [2:36]
10. Chapter 10 [1:37]
11. Chapter 11 [5:19]
12. Chapter 12 [6:56]
13. Chapter 13 [3:54]
14. Chapter 14 [2:44]
15. Chapter 15 [3:19]
16. Chapter 16 [2:31]
17. Chapter 17 [6:19]
18. Chapter 18 [6:37]
19. Chapter 19 [4:27]
20. Chapter 20 [7:44]
21. Chapter 21 [3:30]
22. Chapter 22 [2:45]
23. Chapter 23 [2:00]
24. Chapter 24 [5:21]
25. Chapter 25 [2:47]
26. Chapter 26 [12:51]
27. Chapter 27 [1:36]
28. Chapter 28 [2:37]

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All the King's Men 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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'All The King's Men' is the political melodrama that made actor, Broderick Crawford a household name. A pity that in the intervening decades that spark of popularity did not last and has today all but been forgotten. Crawford is Willie Stark - an honest man butting heads in the political arena with corrupt politicians until he finally gets his chance to rule by sweeping the every man's election. Too bad for Willie that his power goes to his head. John Ireland costars as the reporter who wants so desperately to believe in Willie that he's willing to overlook the slow downward spiral out into corruption and deceit. Mercedes McCambridge plays a shifty publicist with greed in her heart and poison on her mind. John Derek is cast as Willie's son - the tragic victim of his father's driving ambition. The transfer is somewhat of a disappointment. Though the gray scale is reasonably well balanced, contrast levels seem to be a shade too low throughout. A lot of wear and tear has gone into this film's original camera negative. Scratches and age related blemishes are glaringly obvious. Some sections of the print appear to have been lifted from third generation masters instead of the film's original camera negative. There are moments when aliasing and pixelization crop up but these don't terribly distract. The audio is MONO but nicely balanced. There are no extras on this disc.