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
Meryl Streep was originally cast as Sadie Burke, but had to back out due to schedule conflicts. See more »
In the meeting at the pool hall, when Willie Stark first meets Mr. Duffy, Stark is introduced as the county treasurer of Mason City. The movie is set in Louisiana, which does not have counties. Therefore, he should have been called the parish treasurer. He is referred to properly by that title in the next scene in the newspaper office. See more »
[to Anne, explaining what happened to his marriage]
A lot of tangled bedclothes and unspoken loathing, then spoken loathing and no tangled bedclothes.
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Historically Inaccurate, but it's not a historical movie. It is very entertaining.
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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