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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 from a rural county seat to the governor's mansion.
Film #26 of The Movie King's Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Task #26: An exploitation film
Tells the tragic story of an honest moral country boy who determines himself to fight against the corruption of politics and run for governor, only for the politics to corrupt himself when making the decisions of law.
Recommended for those fascinated by the nature of politics and for those eager enough to learn the truth of the corrupt political spectrum.
"I don't need money. People give me things because they believe in me."
**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…
"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…
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.
"Appeal to their emotions. Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry. Make them mad, even if they get mad at you. But for heaven's sake, don't try to improve their minds."
A movie made in 1949, based on a novel written in 1946, and might be even more relevant today than ever. All the King's Men is a masterful drama piece from yesteryear that questions the political arena's deep desire to be the popular vote, and what would be required to attain it.
Broderick Crawford and John Ireland are masterful together, and Crawford especially sucked me into the story, and before I knew what was happening his amazing transformation from a simple, hick lawyer to a ruthless, ambitious politician took me…
I have watched about 80% of all the Academy Awards best picture winners and any time someone asks me what my favorite is, which is an impossible question to answer, this is always one that comes to mind. This movie is just as relevant today as it was in the 40s. Incredible performance from Broderick Crawford. By far this movie was on his shoulders and he carried it with his portrayal of a good man's downward spiral to corrupt politician. Mercedes McCambridge gives a heartbreaking performance as his secretary. Both truly deserved their Oscars and carried this to best picture.
Broderick Crawford's Willie Stark might just make you feel better about the President you've got. Robert Penn Warren's novel about the rise of a bullheaded demagogue (modelled on Huey Long) was turned into a rousing melodrama, full of graft, double-dealing, and strong-arm excitement. Robert Rossen adapted the novel and directed; the film took the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Broderick Crawford also winning Best Actor, and Mercedes McCambridge, as tough Sadie, winning Best Supporting Actress. It's by no means a great film, but it moves along. With John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, and Shepperd Strudwick; cinematography by Burnett Guffey. Columbia.
Starts off badly, climax won it the Oscar. McCambridge should have been the lead.
Ascesa e caduta di un uomo politico che nasce contadino, studia e lotta per i diritti civili dei più poveri, ma una volta eletto è vittima dell'avidità e della sete di potere che lo cambiano fino a farlo diventare personificazione del male nella cosa pubblica come nella vita privata.
Il contorno di personaggi non è da meno, a partire dalla voce narrante, un giornalista squattrinato che per etica non accetta il denaro della ricca famiglia e si lega all'uomo politico quando è onesto, ma non riesce a staccarsene una volta capita la sua vera natura.
La narrazione è serrata fino alla tensione finale, i dialoghi sempre ficcanti e mai moralizzanti. Tutti gli uomini del re è un film angosciante per quanto purtroppo sempre attuale.
Visto in occasione della Festa del Cinema di Roma 2016, rassegna "American Politics".
Broderick Crawford leads as Willie Stark a rising populist politician who becomes corrupt as he gains power. During his rise, he addresses a room full of constituents. He's taken to task for doing business with some of the very organizations his campaign as railed against. With disarming candor he admits the connection and explains that he's using those groups so he can gain enough support to enact his altruistic policies. He tells them that good always comes from the bad. Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption, as Willie likes to say, and his gift to society is in bringing good to all the bad around them. When asked how he knows the good from the bad, he…
The ultimate man who wanted to make a change but couldn't win being honest and then changed to have corruption on his side and he fell from grace. One of the best films I've seen.
Great political film with excellent performances, a very well written script, and a great pace. I went into this film with little to no expectations, and finished with a great film. Definitely worth checking out for its lead performance alone.
Part of my Double Feature Challenge
Based upon Robert Penn Warren's 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this film noir drama from writer-director Robert Rossen features Mercedes McCambridge in her screen debut. Legend has it that she got the part as the tough-as-nails politico Sadie Burke when she blew up at the producers after being kept waiting in an office in New York City during open auditions.
John Ireland narrates this tale, playing newspaper reporter Jack Burden, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, although he prefers living a poor and honest life to living off his family's wealth. Jack's got a socialite girlfriend named Anne Stanton (Joanne Dru), who grew up an orphan with her brother, Dr. Adam…
“All the King’s Men” is one of those movies whose reputation I knew very little about. It won best picture, sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a beloved film. In these cases, I often go into the film with modest expectations. With “All the King’s Men,” I should have lowered my expectations if I wanted them met.
This film tells the story of a small town politician named Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford). Stark runs for an unimportant office in his unimportant county, and he starts out as an honest man. This is such a rarity in politics that Jack Burden (John Ireland), a newspaper reporter, covers him. Crawford loses the election, but he eventually runs for governor, an office…
Decent picture of some evil versus more evil? And the protag's response is shit happens?
Films I have not yet seen from the 1940s, but want to!