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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Willie Stark
... Jack Burden
... Judge Irwin
... Anne Stanton
... Adam Stanton
... Sadie Burke
... Tiny Duffy
... Sugar Boy
... Mrs. Burden
... Lucy Stark
... Tom Stark (as Travis M. Champagne)
... Willie's Father (as Frederic F. Forrest)
Paul Desmond ... Slade
... Alex
... Editor
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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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Time brings all things to light. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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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  »

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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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Voted number one by Forbes Magazine, as the biggest flop in the years spanning 2005-2009. It earned only 9.4 million dollars worldwide on a budget of fifty-five million dollars. 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 »

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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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst of 2006 (2007) See more »

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Every Man a King
Written by Huey Long and Castro Carazo
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Now All you Big-City Three-Star Reviewers Hush Up!
2 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this over the weekend with my best friend who claims to be a full-blown Louisiana c***-a**, and we both really enjoyed it. My friend also tells me that all the Louisiana people she knows wave they hands in the air like Willie Stark, and she even said that her people couldn't talk if you tied their hands up. So all you big-city reviewers complaining about the hand-waving just don't understand that Sean Penn and the rest of 'em just did a good job with their research, that's all. I even asked my friend - was that a true accent (Willie's) and she said "yup". I will grant that sometimes it was a little bit hard to understand, but it was accurate. They even showed some of the film to people in Lousisana to see if it was accurate and not only did they say it was good, but the movie got all good rave reviews down there. So all you nit-picky, itty-bitty big-city know it alls, just hush up. And if you like a movie that looks good and takes an ounce of sense to follow, then you will like this movie.


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