All the King's Men (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  22 September 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Stark (as Travis M. Champagne)
Willie's Father (as Frederic F. Forrest)
Paul Desmond ...


In the 50's, in Louisiana, the smart populist, manipulative and wolf hick Willie Stark is elected governor with the support of the lower social classes. He joins a team composed of his bodyguard and friend Sugar Boy; the journalist from an aristocratic family Jack Burden; the lobbyist Tiny Duffy; and his mistress Sadie Burke, to face the opposition of the upper classes. When the influent Judge Irwin 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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Rated PG-13 for an intense sequence of violence, sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les fous du roi  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,672,366 (USA) (22 September 2006)


$7,221,458 (USA) (13 October 2006)

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On Ebert & Roeper, it was ranked as #1 on Worst Movies of 2006. See more »


The working grandfather clock (pendulum audible) stays fixed at 4:10 PM throughout a five minute scene. See more »


Willie Stark: Remember, it is not I who have won, but you. Your will is my strength, and your need is my justice, and I shall live in your right and your will. And if any man tries to stop me from fulfilling that right and that will, I'll break him. I'll break him with my bare hands, for I have the strength of many.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #30.33 (2013) See more »


Una donna a quindici anni
(from "Così fan tutte")
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
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Historically Inaccurate, but it's not a historical movie. It is very entertaining.
24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being from Louisiana I really enjoyed this movie. The acting was great and the story was entertaining. As others have stated, the accents are not done well. In fact there are more than a few characters who don't even try to imitate a southern accent, for which I am very grateful. I am quite sick of actors trying to portraying a southerner by speaking as if all the teeth were removed and the brain has been lobotomized. Others have complained about a boring script to which I completely disagree. This is not a fast-paced movie but it keeps the story moving and the dialogue is fresh. The slow periods give you time to pause and let the previous scene sink in, while also giving the viewer the opportunity to absorb the ambiance of the scenes. The people in this movie are portrayed as they really were in the 1940's and 50's. There is no surprise hidden here. Although this movie is based on the book of the same name, neither are factual of Huey Long and his legacy. These stories are loosely based on a person, with a few facts thrown in for recognition, but not for historical purposes. I applaud the entire cast and crew for their great efforts in bringing this movie to fruition. This is what entertainment is all about and it shows a little of the corruption that existed (and some would say still exists) in Louisiana politics of the past.

Go into this movie with an open mind and you will find yourself entertained and pleased with the whole experience.

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