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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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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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Trivia

According to Jackie Earle Haley, Steven Zaillian had wanted to cast him for the role of Sugar Boy and had him at the top of his short list. Haley said that when he met with Zaillian, the director remembered his work from years ago and wanted to see how Haley had aged. Zaillian had mentioned that he spoke to Sean Penn who had also thought of Haley for the role. See more »

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You can clearly see a Mississippi River bridge (built in the 1980s) in the background shots of his early political speeches where he promises to build a bridge across the Mississippi River. See more »

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Jack Burden: The friend of your youth is the only friend you'll ever have. For he doesn't really see you. He sees in his mind a face which doesn't exist anymore, speaks a name... Spike, Bud, Red, Rusty... Jack... that belongs to that now nonexistent face. He's still the young idealist you used to be, still sees good and bad in black and white and men as sinners or saints but never both and feels superior in the knowledge that you no longer can distinguish the two. That's what drives you to it. To try to ...
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Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here
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All The King's Men
18 September 2006 | by (New Orleans, LA) – See all my reviews

I saw the New Orleans premiere of this movie, and my friends and I all thought it was amazing. The way it was written by Zaillian (straight off of the book, not an adaptation of the previous movie) was great. And the cinematography added so much to it. Sean Penn is an amazing actor, and that really shows through in the role of Willie Stark. It was kind of funny to watch Anthony Hopkins use an extremely bad Louisiana-British accent. I am a fan of history, so lots of little things worked their way in to amuse me. And seeing New Orleans things and knowing right where they are was a great thing. I recommend people go see this movie, as I plan to go again on Friday when it opens officially.


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