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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.



(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sugar Boy
Mrs. Burden
Lucy Stark
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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Some people will do anything to gain power. Some will do anything to keep it. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$3,672,366, 24 September 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,221,458, 15 October 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


With the film originally slated to be released in the winter of 2005, it was suddenly delayed almost a year. See more »


When Stark is giving the introduction to the new health facility/university, he is actually at what is called the Louisiana pentagon which is just left of the State Capitol building. The Pentagon is used as lodging for high profile out of parish state legislators and senators. The Pentagon was also the original site of LSU but the school was later moved to where its located now much earlier than the time the film takes part in. See more »


Sadie Burke: The world is full of sluts on skates.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst of 2006 (2007) See more »


'Tite Monde (Little One)
Arranged by Geno Delafose
Performed by Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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All The King's Men
18 September 2006 | by 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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