All the King's Men Movie Review 1949

Information and Film Reviews for All the King's Men the Movie

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Grim and graphic classic set in the Depression follows the rise of a Louisiana farm-boy from angry and honest political hopeful to powerful but corrupt governor. Loosely based on the life (and death) of Huey Long and told by a newsman who's followed his career (Ireland). Willy Stark (Crawford, in his break-through role) is the politician who, while appearing to improve the state, rules dictatorially, betraying friends and constituents and proving once again that power corrupts. In her first major role, McCambridge delivers a powerful performance as the cunning political aide. Potent morality play based on the Robert Penn Warren book.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 109 minutes.

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Assassination, Ethics & Morals, Rags to Riches, Great Depression, Louisiana, 4 Bones
Robert Rossen
Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, Anne Seymour, Shepperd Strudwick
Burnett Guffey
Robert Rossen
Louis Gruenberg
Robert Rossen


Oscars 1949: Actor (Crawford), Picture, Support. Actress (McCambridge); Golden Globes 1950: Actor--Drama (Crawford), Director (Rossen), Film--Drama, Support. Actress (McCambridge), Natl. Film Reg. 2001;; N.Y. Film Critics 1949: Actor (Crawford), Film.

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