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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.
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.
"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…
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…
Best Picture? Really? The clunky dialogue and clumsy scene transitions and editing are unforgivable, and the performances are completely one-note. As unnatural and dull as a primetime soap opera…only watch if you’re a Oscar completist.
This won Best Picture? There's literally nothing redeeming about this film, it's thoroughly bland.
A great political tale, but treated a bit homespun or maybe some of the treatment just seems a bit outdated. Not really an uplifting story, though. Will be interesting to see how the remake is.
Rossen's Best Picture winner is a gritty and universal tale of ambition and corruption when one attempts to work in politics. The b & w cinematography gives this a very noir-y tone about the dissolving of supposed moral codes of a southern governor who built his political empire from grass roots stylings and populist politics--a politics of the heart and not the mind. A hick for hicks, and the hick in all of us who desires "authenticity".
This worked in 49, it probably worked before that, and it certainly works with today's political climate. That's speaks highly of this film's ability to break past its own limitations.
There's a little piece of trivia that I read about All the King's Men and how the Academy made it out to be much more important than it was, later rewarding it the big prize. When looking at the film from an historical perspective it makes sense to an extent, especially considering how boring the year 1949 was. The Third Man (1949's best movie by a large margin) wasn't eligible until the year later and The Bicycle Thief was overlooked in favor of Twelve O'Clock High, a movie that focused on possibly the most popular topic of the time (war) with Hollywood royalty Gregory Peck headlining the entire feature. It almost felt like the Academy coming to terms with the…
"A man is conceived in sin and born in corruption."
Solid, but a little too long and a little too ambitious with too many unnecessary side-plots (Joanne Dru's character just sort of pops in and out whenever the story needs her). Good for its day, I suppose.
Now I'm curious to re-watch the Sean Penn film and see how it stacks up (I remember thinking it was underrated at the time).
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