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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…
For a movie from 1949, 'All the King's Men' is surprisingly brave. There is hardly a moment that doesn't feel sanitized by standards of the era. The Huey Long-esque political drama is a little sloppy in the middle, but thanks to the impassioned dialogue and Broderick Crawford as fictitious Louisiana governor Willie Stark, the movie holds its own in the history books.
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…
Decent film. Stellar performance from Broderick Crawford as Stark. Mercedes McCambridge steals the movie in a variety of places; her distinctive voice and hard-nosed pragmatism make her a surprising female character so far back in cinema history. The ending is a superb retelling Huey Long's fate and Stark's last words are so perfectly incomplete.
Though the story is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, it's really Crawford and Ireland's performances that push the movie forward. The story, inspired by real life Louisiana Governor Huey Long, is a pretty basic tale of rise and fall and moral corruption, but Crawford and Ireland as, respectively, the corrupt politician and his protégé who doesn't wanna face the truth about his mentor, give the story both heart and realism.
I need to watch more films from the 40's, and luckily All the King's Men is one of those films that makes me wanna watch more from that period right away. It might get a full four stars if and when I revisit it.
It's kind of depressing that All the King's Men, a film about the rise of a well meaning politician who eventually becomes corrupt by the system he swore to change, remains as equally relevant in today's society as it did upon release.
The rise and fall of Willie Stark is a tragic tale, often those that become the most sinister start with the best of intention but lack the character to have courage of their convictions. It's all well and good to spout how you won't succumb to temptation but when faced with the realities of such allurement a man's true character is displayed, Stark fails this test quite spectacularly. Broderick Crawford is…
Willie Stark, Stanton y mesías/ dictador
Adapted from a Pulitzer winning novel the film is unrolled largely from the perspective of journalist Jack Barden (John Ireland) who is sent to cover a story about a local election in a rural community. Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) a self educated 'hick' is taking on the local corrupt council and while he loses that race Jack starts to follow his career.
As Willie's fortunes turn and he starts to become an increasingly powerful political force his own methods start to become corrupt and Jack is forced to question the moral high ground he once occupied.
An Oscar winning turn for Broderick Crawford he is a dynamo at the heart of the film his political rhetoric igniting his audiences is…
The original American political film. Almost perfect if not for that one weak performance. Rossen should have made more films.
In interesting, though predictable film about the corruption of power and how American politics necessitates shady backdoor dealings in a process that loses sight of the people and becomes entirely fueled by self interest. It's thought provoking, and driven by excellent performances, though its last minute moralizing is heavy handed and forced, as if the movie was too insecure that its audience wouldn't have picked up on the message for themselves.
2nd viewing. Still as shrewd a look at the corrupt political machine as it has always been. Plus, it's sharp and fast, making great use of montage to quickly go over narrative moments that don't need more dwelling on, trusting its viewers to understand the difference between the little details and the bigger picture (e.g., much time is spent with Stark during his first failed campaign for governor because it's here that he begins his transformation; his second, victorious campaign is viewed almost as afterthought). All the characters' trajectories are tragic, which can be felt in your bones. The film as a critique of Huey Long becomes something more universally applicable the more time goes on, which is both amazing and, well, sad.
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
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