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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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Storyline

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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Some people will do anything to gain power. Some will do anything to keep it. See more »

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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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22 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les fous du roi  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,221,458 (USA) (13 October 2006)
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Meryl Streep was originally cast as Sadie Burke, but had to back out due to schedule conflicts. See more »

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Opening car scene at 3:27, looking at the speedometer, the steering column is visible with the keys and ignition switch on it. This is a replaced steering column from a newer car. Ignition switch on this vehicle should be on the dash. Steering column appears to be from an 80's General Motors vehicle, a common replacement for older vehicles such as this. See more »

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Willie Stark: They fooled you 1,000 times, just like they fooled me. But this time, I'll fool somebody. I'll stay in this race. I'm on my own and out for blood. Listen to me, you hicks! Lift up your eyes and look at God's blessed and unfly-blown truth. This is the truth! You're a hick. Nobody ever helped a hick but a hick himself. Listen to me, listen to me! They were going to use me to split the vote. But I'm standing here now on my hind legs. Even a dog can learn to do that. Are you standing on your hind ...
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Actually The Canadians Are Spot On
12 September 2006 | by (Piitsburgh) – See all my reviews

This film is actually pretty dreadful on many levels. First the music is thuddingly melodramatic; it's like the producers saw the dailies and said "well...there's not much going on, but we'll fix it with the music". The pacing is often glacial, but most disastrously, the film is FATALLY MISCAST. Sean Penn is screeching and braying as Willie Stark, and during his long speeches about "the hicks" he gestures like John Belushi doing Joe Cocker. He simply is nothing, physically or temperamentally like Huey Long on whom the character is based. On the other hand, I bet Penn would have been great as the journalist Jack Burden, and certainly far superior to the miscast Jude Law who is unbelievable as an investigative journalist. Ironically James Gandolfini gives a good impression of what Willie Stark should be in the secondary role of Tiny Duffy. And Jackie Earle Haley is chilling and most effective with virtually no dialog as Sugarboy, Willie's gunsil. Almost every other actor, Hopkins, Winslet, Ruffalo is wasted in this totally unnecessary remake of a very good 40's film.


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