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February 10, 2013
Um estudo de personagem destruido pelo poder e a ambição com uma atuação acima da perfeição de Broderick Crawford - a transformação aos poucos de Willie Stark é magnifica na pele deste talentoso ator.
Super Reviewer
½ January 21, 2013
Age has dulled some of its power, but "All the King's Men" still stands as an insightful look into the roots of political corruption. As Willie Stark, Broderick Crawford has the voice and the stature to the fit the role, and he delivers each line with as much gusto as one can hope for, but he never seems quite as evil as he should. This can lessen the film's strength during some of its darker moments, but not so much that we don't get the point. What helps the film overcome some of its pratfalls are its supporting performances and an entirely relevant message.
Super Reviewer
½ January 7, 2013
This interesting play on the old maxim about absolute power corrupting absolutely could've spent a wee bit more time actually looking at corruption itself instead of choosing to simply imply that it's there. We get to see characters capitulating their morals, but not to know why. As well there's enough of a faint taste of "member dat good ol' a-ris-to-crazy ... dey was sho' good to us!" to have one looking for something to cleanse the palate. Nonetheless riveting work ...
½ November 12, 2012
Considerably the greatest movie about politics ever made !!
October 29, 2012
Broderick Crawford is a fine actor, but this film leaves me wanting more. I have yet to see a truly remarkable adaptation of this book.
½ October 24, 2012
good political drama
Super Reviewer
½ October 4, 2012
A great example of how politics really works, through corruption and dishonesty. There's a fantastic cast in this film as well. This one is definitely worth a watch if you're interested in political films, or if you're just looking for a movie that makes you think.
½ August 23, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012

(1949) ALl The King's Men
POLITICAL DRAMA

Written, directed, and based from his own book of the same name by Robert Rossen centering on inspired politician Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark starting small and then rising to the top eventually forgetting his values. Has similar ring to the 1957 film "A Face In The Crowd"! I personally don't care about the film very much but do see it's relevence since it still goes on as of right now regarding American politics meaning that it's an important film to all politicians.
Winner of three Oscars out of 7 nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crawford.

3 out of 4
½ August 7, 2012
In a round about way, this film has many similarities too Citizen Kane. It's a story of the power of corruption and ones rise and fall of power.
A small town lawyer goes from shit-disturb or to US Govenor and along the way loses his morals and values.
Crawford's acting is powerful which is appropriate for the films message - never get bigger than what u believe in!
Only drawback - I found it long in delivering the downfall.
August 1, 2012
Broderick Crawford's unforgettable turn as the corrupt and murderous politician Willie Stark is just one of the highlights of this highly entertaining insight into the ways that corruption is placed in politics and showing that crime really does pay, regardless as how successful and trustworthy one can be. Directed brilliantly by Robert Rossen with a noirish-like element, this film officially places Stark as one of cinema's most brutally corrupt characters, and was a much-deserved recipient of the Best Picture Oscar of 1949.
July 30, 2012
A little heavy-handed at times, but a decent story.
July 22, 2012
Classic rags to riches story
½ June 9, 2012
Simplemente prueba que el fin no justifica los medios. Excelente película
½ June 7, 2012
A splendid cautionary tale of power, politics, and good intentions, All the King's Men is a timeless political tragedy with an amazingly sharp script and a fine performance from Broderick Crawford.
June 7, 2012
Could have been better.
April 13, 2012
Great movie and a superb performance by Broderick Crawford
March 21, 2012
Power corrupts. And the best can fall.
March 6, 2012
Humdrum, heavy-handed, and melodramatic, this film has not aged well at all. The movie's repetitive nature makes it a challenge to complete. The movie's message is clear from the first 10 minutes, yet the movie is nearly 2 hours long. You better believe that the film hits you over the head with its very insightful message for every waking second, get this, politics is a lot more "dirty" than you think it is...There was so much potential with this movie since its based around Huey Long, a very interesting man. Unfortunately this material did not translate to the screen too well and the movie brought nothing new to this genre. Outside of the actor who played Willie Stark, there isn't much inspiration or variety in the acting. A lot of the characters are forgettable and the acting is way too robotic. This classic straight up disappointed me.
January 6, 2012
An absolute classic detailing the corruption of the American political system. Robert Rossen adapts the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Robert Penn Warren extremely well that builds tension extremely well. Broderick Crawford plays Willie Stark, a small time want to be politician who has big dreams of making a difference. He is discovered by a news reporter named Jack Burden (John Ireland) who writes several stories on him that help him gain some fame. After he gains fame for prosecuting the town after a terrible school accident, Stark is conned into running for governor so that he can split the vote and allow the current governor to win. At that moment, Stark realizes that he needs to find a new way if he wants to succeed in politics. What follows is the absolute corruption of the political system as well as the breakdown of a family as Jack Burden ends up working for Stark as his "hatchet" man. The film is based loosely on Louisiana Governor Huey Long and it is scary to think that this could happen in America. Crawford is absolutely amazing and engaging as Stark and deserves the Oscar that he won for the part. Every scene he is in, he commands the screen and shows the sad dissent that Stark takes from being an honest "Mr. Smith" esque politician to an absolutely corrupt governor. It is still a film that resonates today and should be a cautionary tale not just about small town politics, but about corruption in all forms of the government.
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