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All the King's Men
He Might Have Been A Pretty Good Guy … If Too Much Power … And Women … Hadn’t Gone To his Head!
All The King's Men is the story of the rise of politician Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) from a rural county seat to the governor's mansion. Firstly he teaches himself law and becomes a lawyer championing the local people, and gaining much local popularity. He then decides to go into politics. Along the way, he loses his innocence, and becomes just as corrupt as the politicians he once fought against.
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
The best tragedies are timeless tales of something one should avoid. In the case of All The King's Men, it's the tale of a man, Willie Stark, who forgot what he stood for and got caught in his own cult of personality.
Despite being over 60 years old, this film has [sadly] not lost its relevance to the times we live in. Willie Stark is a politician you want to succeed in the beginning, and by the end you hate his guts so much you want him out on his feet.
It's a great character study, and most of this is due to Broderick Crawford's acting as Stark, who carefully balances Willie's likability and…
A political drama from the 40's and the winner of a Best Picture Award. Broderick Crawford and John Ireland certainly have a way to pull you into the film. Ireland plays a journalist and Crawford the policitian. We see Crawford slowly becoming mad with power and making deals left and right. He let's Ireland find dirt on the people who's vote he needs. It's a great story and it will certainly have you entertained for 110 minutes.
This one certainly deserves more views.
"Willie Stark; Messiah or Dictator?"
All the King's Men was on my watch-list for only god knows how long, it's a Best Picture winner so it's automatically a must see. I'm proud to say that i have watched every single Best Picture Winner of the last forty five years to a total of sixty eight seen but i still have twenty more to see and this one was one of them. This was one of the films of the four films from 40's that had one that i had not yet seen and to say the truth is was no doubt the one i was most interested in. Oscars aside, this is a picture that still has a…
It comes across as a little cold, but it's incredibly honest.
This film was considered great upon its release, and even for a few years afterwards it was still considered a great film. As time has gone on, however, the film has aged terribly, especially in comparison to its contemporaries.
All the King's Men is primarily about two things: the dangers of a cult of personality and a morality tale about absolute power corrupting absolutely. In the former category, the film succeeds merely because of the tour de force (and Oscar winning) performance of Broderick Crawford as the populist statesman Willie Stark. A thinly veiled reference to famous Louisiana governor Huey "Kingfish" Long, Stark is a sweet talking man who mesmerizes crowds with his poulist demagoguery. He creates a cult of…
Unfortunately,I watched this movie much earlier in the week, but was so busy since then that it's not fresh enough in my mind to write a full review.
I will say this: Mercedes McCambridge is excellent in this film. She certainly deserved her Oscar. And the film is intelligently written, with an absorbing story. I liked it quite a bit.
But hopefully I won't procrastinate so much before writing my next review.
2.5 out of 5 (C+)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
American flag waving patriotism is such a big part of movie history, that when they do decide to show the not so great side of their country and what makes it tick, it still packs a punch. Seeing that in a movie made almost 70 years ago packs even more of a punch. And since I had no idea what All the King’s Men was about before pressing play, that surprising punch made a great movie even greater.
Willie Starke (Broderick Crawford) is a small town, farm born hick. He’s raised himself up and is doing his part to fight the man. In a race he could never win, he’s running for a small, local political office, purely to highlight…
In the fallout of WWII, and the resultant noir genre, this jaded Oscar winning film adaptation is one of the definitive cautionary tales on the political game, with implicit references to the horrors of recent memory, and what brought them along.
Still as relevant as ever, and a great example of a film being found in the editing room (original cut was over 4 hours). I was surprised with how noir-ish the screenplay was, its just dripping in darkness and tongue lashings. The cast are game to meet it, with Crawford delivering a towering performance full of gravitas and human frailty. It is one of those performances you never live down, he IS Willie Stark, forever and ever. Ireland is…
Although still relevant in some ways, I think a lot of the film has become a little hackneyed. Stark starts as an honest political, and quickly and unrealistically becomes the total bastard we expect. The film's noir styling saves it from being a dated and obvious piece of political commentary, yet we still care about Stark's character, even though it's too crisp for reality, mainly because of great acting. A lot of the film is just odd and nonsensical, like all of the affairs and hearts Stark captures, despite being a total bastard to everyone around him. The film seems to just dismiss that by saying "Yeah, well, he's a great politician, so of course people love him!" At the end, we get a film that's too plot-oriented for a character study, and too character based for a thriller
A noir-ish political drama about the rise and fall into corruption of a politician.
Good: Broderick Crawford knows how to yell and still be a complex character more than any others.
Bad: They really should take head injuries more seriously.
Meh: I just don't get how these women were so smitten with the yeller. I don't think they really conveyed his charisma.
"You wanna know what my platform is? Here it is. I'm gonna soak the fat boys and spread it out thin."
From the director of The Hustler, All the King's Men tells the story of Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford), a Southern politician who begins as a wholesome and noble person, but is gradually corrupted by his power and wealth. I'm generally a fan of rise and fall stories like this where a good man slowly loses his innocence, and the plot works here. Willie himself is an interesting character, and the story takes some interesting turns throughout, particularly at the end. The film's use of narration also gives the film a noir touch which I really liked. However, I do think the film has trouble taking it's central story all the way. These type of stories play best when we see…
This is another case where Hollywood is a little too slick and easy to do the story justice - Stark's transition from "hick" to super-politician is too quick to be convincing, and too many of his seductions happen off-screen for us to buy into these relationships (especially the women's side of them - the female characters are very poorly served by this film). That said, it is an interesting story of political and personal corruption - just not as interesting as the book and history that inspired it.
Entertainingly cynical and bleak, but a little too redundant, and sadly it's themes about power, politics, and corruption hardly feel revelatory in this day and age. Still, it's a good story well told, and Broderick Crawford's lead performance is nothing if not immensely watchable.
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