All the King's Men

All the King's Men

DVD - 2006
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Willie Stark is an uncorrupted small-town mayor in 1950s Louisiana. He gets picked by the political machine to run as a wild card candidate in the upcoming gubernatorial race. But, when Willie realizes that he is being manipulated, he veers off on his own to become the darling of the electorate's downtrodden and forgotten hicks. Covering the campaign for a local paper is Jack Burden, whose editorial pieces become so admiring of Willie that he's fired. But, when Stark wins, Burden hires onto the new governor's team as a personal aide. Once in office, Governor Stark antagonizes the state legislature, the oil companies, and the moneyed classes with his share-the-wealth promises to the sweaty masses. Legislators become so outraged that they start serious impeachment talk, a move supported by the admired and retired Judge Irwin, who also happens to be Jack's godfather.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006
Edition: Special ed., Widescreen
ISBN: 9781404986534
1404986537
Branch Call Number: DVD ALL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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eclair53
Sep 20, 2017

What with all the mumbling and contrived southern accents and no subtitles so I could keep up with all the nuances of the story, I got a stress headache 1/3 of the way through and stopped watching it.

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akirakato
Sep 04, 2012

Although it is said that this film does not follow the 1949 original film's narrative and is more faithful to the novel than the earlier movie, I don't see a big difference.
To me, the 2006 film seems to be a remake of the 1949 version.
It is also said that the director (Steven Zaillian) never saw the original film, and that he adapted the screenplay solely from Warren's novel.
He should've seen it.
That way, he could've made a difference.

aaa5756 Apr 08, 2012

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box.

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jeffankeny
Mar 09, 2012

As an avid fan of Sean Penn, I think he may have been "off the wagon" during this period of his film career. "Fast times at Ridgemont High" was a much better performance

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Monolith
Jan 07, 2012

.....zzzzz....yawn....um....how do ya'll say "snoozefest" in cajun?

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Nov 15, 2007

I found the film dull, plodding, and although I watched it through to the end in hopes it would deliver some payoff, it never did. Especially considering the high-powered cast, I was hoping for something much more intelligent and subtle. The trite metaphorical finale is an insult to anyone with half a brain.

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