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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 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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Time brings all things to light. See more »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,221,458, 15 October 2006
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the same year, Kate Winslet and Jude Law appeared in The Holiday (2006). 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 »

Quotes

Willie Stark: Remember, it is not I who have won, but you. Your will is my strength, and your need is my justice, and I shall live in your right and your will. And if any man tries to stop me from fulfilling that right and that will, I'll break him. I'll break him with my bare hands, for I have the strength of many.
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Referenced in Three Point Tony (2016) See more »

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Si tu vois ma mere
Written and Performed by Sidney Bechet
Courtesy of Disque Vogue, Sony BMG Music Entertainment (France) SA and The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Low Paced and Boring Soap Opera
13 April 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 50's, 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 (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.

In spite of having a constellation in the cast, "All the King's Man" is a low paced and boring soap opera. The dramatic and tragic story has some good moments, when the Machiavellian Willie Stark uses his political skills to develop strategies and revert situations, but the lead character of Jude Law is annoying. His romance with Anne Stanton, performed by Kate Winslet, is simply awful and unreasonable, and I do not know why the relationship of Jack with Judge Irwin is only disclosed by Mrs. Burden after his death. The cinematography and art decoration are very beautiful, but I did not like the story. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Grande Ilusão" ("The Great Illusion")


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