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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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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)  »

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Les fous du roi  »

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$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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When Stark's cavalcade of limos approach his father's house, the shadow of the crew is visible for a moment. See more »

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Jack Burden: To find something, anything, a great truth or a lost pair of glasses, you must first believe there would be some advantage in finding it. I found something a long time ago, and have held on to it for grim death ever since. I owe my success in life to it; it put me where I am today. This principle: what you don't know, won't hurt you. They called it idealism in a book I read.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.40 (2010) See more »

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Porgi, Amor
from "The Marriage of Figaro"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
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Powerful interpretation of the Penn Warren novel
23 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved the book and have taught it every year to my AP students. We've been excited to see the film and have had big hopes for it. I find the 1949 film nearly impossible to watch, because they made so many changes to really critical parts of the book.

I think this movie will be a great addition to my DVD collection to help establish setting and so on for future AP English classes.

The script keeps lots of the dialogue, images, and the looping storytelling from the text I understand the compressions they needed to do--and they generally worked.

The acting was powerful: lots of nuances from Jude Law, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, and the rest. I saw reviews busting on Law for being so beautiful--a tragedy we share, of course--but honestly, I thought he did well at getting to the heart of Jack.

It really helped me to see the locations where they filmed: the statehouse, Burden's Landing, Mason City, and more.

My one quibble is the ending-- I love the book because it tells a tale of redemption, of making things right, of reconciliation--I think the film hints at it, but doesn't quite get there.


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