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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)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

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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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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the King's Men 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,450,897
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jackie Earle Haley, Writer, Producer, and Director 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, Steven remembered his work from years ago, and wanted to see how Haley had aged. Zaillian had mentioned that he spoke to Sean Penn (Willie Stark), who had also thought of Haley for the role. See more »

Goofs

Anne has finished braiding her hair while sitting in the kitchen in the flashback scene. When she goes upstairs, her hair is no longer braided. See more »

Quotes

Jack Burden: [to Anne, explaining what happened to his marriage] A lot of tangled bedclothes and unspoken loathing, then spoken loathing and no tangled bedclothes.
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Connections

References The Pirates of Penzance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Una donna a quindici anni
(from "Così fan tutte")
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
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Simple story told in complex way
9 October 2006 | by kaswojSee all my reviews

As a foreigner with not much ideas about U.S. history and politics, I have watched this movie with no bias and quite some problems to understand many phrases of Southern accents (which are quite fascinating on their own). However, it appeared to me as an interesting and pretty complex political story of the usual fight between rich and poor, honesty and false promises, racism, corruption... you name it. Even though the movie can catch one's attention for its full running time, some of the desired tension and drama are missing, and much of the final outcome is quite predictable. Overall, it's certainly no Oscar candidate, but also doesn't deserve low ratings as some (politically motivated) users distribute.


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