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All the King's Men
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Directed By
Robert Rossen

Written By:
Robert Rossen

Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, Anne Seymour, Shepperd Strudwick

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All the King's Men (1950)
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Movie Review by AJ
April 27th, 2006

Based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (which also inspired the Sean Penn-starring version due out later this year), All the King's Men is a sharp, disturbing, and at times hypnotically fascinating look at the grease between the cogs of America's political machine. As more and more of the honesty and integrity of Broderick Crawford's Willie Stark is stripped away as he runs for governor of an unnamed state, you can almost feel the same happening to the country. Writer-director Rossen takes the small intimate story of Stark and those around him and uses it to reflect the large-scale changes that the nation goes through. Crawford is superb and more than captivating, and the rest of the actors deliever brilliant performances across the board, especially Mercedes McCambridge and John Ireland. A true American classic not just because of its stars or its photography, but because of how Rossen captures us with disturbingly pin-point accuracy.

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