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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.

Director:

Steven Zaillian

Writers:

Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Robert Penn Warren (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Willie Stark
Jude Law ... Jack Burden
Anthony Hopkins ... Judge Irwin
Kate Winslet ... Anne Stanton
Mark Ruffalo ... Adam Stanton
Patricia Clarkson ... Sadie Burke
James Gandolfini ... Tiny Duffy
Jackie Earle Haley ... Sugar Boy
Kathy Baker ... Mrs. Burden
Talia Balsam ... Lucy Stark
Travis Champagne ... Tom Stark (as Travis M. Champagne)
Frederic Forrest ... Willie's Father (as Frederic F. Forrest)
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond ... Slade
Kevin Dunn ... Alex
Tom McCarthy ... Editor
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Storyline

In the 1950s, in Louisiana, the smart populist, manipulative and wolf hick Willie Stark (Sean Penn) is elected Governor with the support of the lower social classes. He joins a team composed of his bodyguard and friend Sugar Boy (Jackie Earle Haley); the journalist from an aristocratic family Jack Burden (Jude Law); the lobbyist Tiny Duffy (James Gandolfini); and his mistress Sadie Burke (Patricia Clarkson), to face the opposition of the upper classes. When the influent Judge Irwin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) 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 »

Genres:

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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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les fous du roi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,672,366, 24 September 2006

Gross USA:

$7,221,458
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer, Producer, and Director Steven Zaillian never saw All the King's Men (1949), and adapted the screenplay solely from Robert Penn Warren's novel. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene as Willie Stark and Sugar Boy are going down in an elevator, modern fire suppression lights and related equipment can clearly be seen. See more »

Quotes

Adam Stanton: What is my weakness?
Jack Burden: You can't look at something that's broke without having to fix it.
Adam Stanton: Why is that a weakness? WHY IS THAT A WEAKNESS?
Jack Burden: It makes you do things you don't wanna do.
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Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Written by Hank Williams (as Hank Williams, Sr.)
Performed by Hank Williams
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" Scare the Lion and the rest of the jungle will fear you"
21 July 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

There are many films in which exceptional and talented actors participate which leave audiences praising their contribution. However, heavy guns are not needed in this remake of the 1949 version with the same name. "All the Kings men" is loosely based on the rise and fall of Louisanna's famed governor, Huey Long. Having seen the original Black and White, and then viewed this updated colored version, I can say with all honesty, neither Hopkins, Penn, nor the addition of Jude Law, and his incredible persona, could save this remake. This film has a great deal going for it. The sincere and passionate speeches made by the up and coming Governor are to say the least, inspirational. The dark drama of conversations in the car and hotel scenes are dramatic and create tension and tenor. However, too much weight is given to the muck-raking and soul-searching scenes, some of which are never exploited for the audience. This movie version spends an inordinate amount of time panning the secrets of Willie Stark (Sean Penn), the relationship of Jack Burden (Jude Law) and how they interplay with Judge Irwin (Anthony Hopkins). In doing so, the film loses its direction, for the heart and soul of the historic and meteoric rise of the famed politician. ***


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