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Broderick Crawford is spellbinding as politician Willie Stark in director Robert Rossen's adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel about the corrosive effects of power on the human soul. Read critic reviews

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Drama about the rise and fall of a corrupt southern governor who promises his way to power. Broderick Crawford portrays Willie Stark, who, once he is elected, finds that his vanity and power lust prove to be his downfall. The film is based on the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren.

Cast & Crew

Joanne Dru
Anne Stanton
John Ireland
Jack Burden
John Derek
Tom Stark
Ralph Dumke
Tiny Duffy
Anne Seymour
Lucy Stark
Raymond Greenleaf
Judge Monte Stanton
Walter Burke
Sugar Boy
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Al Clark
Film Editor
Sturges Carne
Art Direction
Louis Diage
Set Decoration
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Clay Campbell
Makeup Artist
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Critic Reviews for All the King's Men

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Audience Reviews for All the King's Men

  • Aug 17, 2020
    A brilliant character-study, with tense and thought-provoking moments that shed light on modern-day politicians, I loved it :D
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2014
    A regional politician rises to power but loses his grip on his principles along the way. The original man-ruined-by-the-system story, All the King's Men doesn't have much over its Sean Penn remake or the more modern The Candidate. The performances are all fine, but the story, which is compelling at its base, doesn't fully explore what motivates Willie's descent. Power-hungry characters aren't compelling if they're not power-hungry in ways with which we can identify. Overall, in this case, the imitations are better than the original.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 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.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 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 ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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