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Friday, July 1, 2011

All the King's Men (1949)

Director : Robert Rossen
Cast : Broderick Crawford,John Ireland.Joanne Dru
Genre: Drama

Plot: You will vote for the Devil itself, if Willie Stark asks for it!

Willie Stark is an honest Southern Populist (Pro Farmer and rural) politician who is ultimately consumed by power. This movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren.

Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his performance as Willie Stark, a small-town lawyer who wins the hearts of constituents by battling government corruption. Warren modeled Willie Stark on Huey Long, who served as governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and United States Senator from 1930 to 1935.

The film is an in-depth, genius showcase of character deterioration. Stark becomes more and more corrupt as he rises through the ranks of government. He becomes governor, has a couple of extramarital affairs, and is finally assassinated by one of his friend-turned-foe.

The film also won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Mercedes McCambridge as Sadie Burke.

Anybody who wants to be a leader of some sort, especially a politician, must watch it.The way Crawford delivers his hard hitting 'Pro-Hicks'. speeches is pure mesmerizing.
Ireland also puts on a better than good show but sadly gets overshadowed by ever so vivacious Willie Stark.
And Joanne Dru is a beauty!


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