All the King's Men
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Broderick Crawford justly earned an Oscar for his performance as Willie Stark, whose ego and thirst for power grows to horrific proportions--and whose corruption gradually taints even the most honorable people around him. The supporting cast of John Ireland, Joanne Dru, Anne Seymour, and Walter Burke (to name but a few) is also quite good. But the real knockout here is actress Mercedes McCambridge as Willie Stark's hard-edged assistant and sometimes lover; it is an astonishing performance which, in spite of its supporting status, remains locked in mind long after the film ends, a role for which McCambridge won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.
The script doesn't really do full justice to Warren's novel, the film is a bit slow to start, and the story itself feels a bit dry in the telling--but the performances and numerous memorable scenes carry it through to tremendous effect. ALL THE KING'S MEN is so explicit in its portrait of how corrupt politicians manipulate the public that it should be required viewing for every one of voting age. Recommended.
Stark triumphs, however, and we watch as he himself takes on the trappings of official power, which he takes to like a duck to water. Stark builds new schools and colleges, hospitals for the poor, improves the roads, and seems to be everything the common man could hope for in a champion and leader. But there is a darker side to Stark, as he himself ultimately becomes assimilated by the corrupt machine he sought to topple and reform, and evidence surfaces that he has not only tolerated and even fostered corruption himself but was possibly involved in the murder of an innocent man who dared to challenge his authority. In the end, we see Stark using the same means and ends to further his power and to hold it at all costs that his enemies used against him at the very beginning of his career.
The movie raises the question as to whether Stark was really any different from the corrupt cronies he replaced, and the schools and hospitals he built just monuments to his ego and arrogance, or whether he was a good man who ultimately went bad in his quest and thirst for power.Read more ›
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What a great book! This is so well-written and a satirical look at how different agendas affect the news and political events of the time. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Debra J. Snoey
THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN POWER CONTROLS YOU AND YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN'T SEE THAT POWER CONTROL, CONTROLS COMPLETELY UNLESS YOU LEARN TO CONTROL... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret Munnerlyn
I've always been a Broderick Crawford fan from his days with " Highway Patrol ". However, for whatever reason, I was unaware of this movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Henry E. Burrell
A somewhat fictionalized account of the political life of Huey Long. We watch Willie Stark go from a "hick" fighting for the rights of the poor as he becomes the Governor... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bwhami
I know it is an American classic universally admired. I can see why of course but for me personally it was tedious and difficult to read. I feel ashamed to admit it !!!!!Published 8 months ago by Francoise Rambach