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All the King's Men (2006)

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Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana.

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Steven Zaillian

Writers:

Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Robert Penn Warren (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Willie Stark
Jude Law ... Jack Burden
Anthony Hopkins ... Judge Irwin
Kate Winslet ... Anne Stanton
Mark Ruffalo ... Adam Stanton
Patricia Clarkson ... Sadie Burke
James Gandolfini ... Tiny Duffy
Jackie Earle Haley ... Sugar Boy
Kathy Baker ... Mrs. Burden
Talia Balsam ... Lucy Stark
Travis Champagne ... Tom Stark (as Travis M. Champagne)
Frederic Forrest ... Willie's Father (as Frederic F. Forrest)
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond ... Slade
Kevin Dunn ... Alex
Tom McCarthy ... Editor
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Storyline

In the 1950s, in Louisiana, the smart populist, manipulative and wolf hick Willie Stark (Sean Penn) is elected Governor with the support of the lower social classes. He joins a team composed of his bodyguard and friend Sugar Boy (Jackie Earle Haley); the journalist from an aristocratic family Jack Burden (Jude Law); the lobbyist Tiny Duffy (James Gandolfini); and his mistress Sadie Burke (Patricia Clarkson), to face the opposition of the upper classes. When the influent Judge Irwin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) supports a group of politicians in their request of impeachment, Stark assigns Jack to find some dirtiness along the life of Irwin, leading to a tragedy in the end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Time brings all things to light. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for an intense sequence of violence, sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the King's Men See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,672,366, 24 September 2006

Gross USA:

$7,221,458

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,451,623
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast includes four Oscar winners: Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Tom McCarthy; and five Oscar nominees: Jude Law, Mark Ruffalo, Jackie Earle Haley, Patricia Clarkson, and Frederic Forrest. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene as Willie Stark and Sugar Boy are going down in an elevator, modern fire suppression lights and related equipment can clearly be seen. See more »

Quotes

Willie Stark: Time brings all things to light, I trust it so.
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Version of All the King's Men (1958) See more »

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Smokestack Lightnin'
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Performed by Howlin' Wolf
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'Your will is my strength, and your need is my justice'
16 July 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Zaillian's 'All The King's Men' is a well shot film. I liked how he created the feel of the 50's Lousiana with dark washed-out colours, the costumes, cars, money, interior architecture and the simplistic settings. Some of the visuals are very impressive as they brilliantly highlight the darkness of that era. However, the script seems a little contrived. In spite of having a wonderful stellar cast that includes talents like Sean Penn, Jude Law, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini, Kathy Baker, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins and Kate Winslet (could anyone ask for a better cast?), none of the characters, (with the exception of Penn's Willie Stark and Law's Jack Burden) are fleshed out enough and none of them, with the exception of Ruffalo's Adam Stanton, are particularly likable. Not every actor masters the Southern diction but I'm glad that they spoke with an accent their more comfortable with than a forced Southern-I'm-chewing-glue-while-talking accent. Yet at the same time it was too obvious especially when Anthony Hopkins spoke with a British accent. All the actors do a fairly good job. The dialogues are a stand-out. I particularly liked how the characters played around with words, mostly the double-entendre. At some points the film moves at an extremely slow pace. We don't see much of the poverty, which Willie Stark claimed to demolish. We do see him build hospitals but a glimpse of the hardship of the poor people would have given us a better understanding of the depth of their difficulties. Instead all we see of them is when they're cheering Stark. In addition to that, the ending is very predictable. In a nutshell, 'All the King's Men' is an interesting but contrived film that could have been a lot better had the aforementioned flaws, especially the sketchy characters, been taken into account for reconsideration.


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