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March 3, 2013
This is a defining example of how literature and cinema had changed in post-war America. A brutal and cynical indictment of the system, this shows how a good man can be exploited and corrupted and the dangers that can lie in wait in a dishonest world where absolute power is a possibility. It's made by the strong material (the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren) and Broderick Crawford's Oscar-winning performance.
February 27, 2013
Fantastic! A movie that keep gets better as you watch! I had to watch again right after (with some fast forwarding :)
well deserved three oscars!
February 26, 2013
A decent, but unsatisfying, adaptation of the novel. Crawford is great as Willie Stark (so many million times better than Sean Penn), and Mercedes McCambridge is wonderful as well.
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

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
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