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All the King's Men Details

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by [[Performer~P74794~Robert Penn Warren~robertpennwarren]], All the King's Men is a roman à clef inspired by the career of Louisiana governor [[Performer~P302954~Huey Long~hueylong]]. [[Performer~P15668~Broderick Crawford~broderickcrawford]] won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, a backwoods Southern lawyer who wins the hearts of his constituents by bucking the corrupt state government. Journalist Jack Burden ([[Performer~P95497~John Ireland~johnireland]]) is impressed by Willie's seeming sincerity, and aids Stark on the road to political power. Once he's reached the governor's mansion, however, Willie proves himself to be as dishonest and despotic as the crooks whom he's replaced. He also cheats shamelessly on his wife with both his campaign manager ([[Performer~P46916~Mercedes McCambridge~mercedesmccambridge]], another Oscar winner) and with Anne Stanton ([[Performer~P20199~Joanne Dru~joannedru]]), the sister of idealistic doctor Adam Stanton ([[Performer~P68771~Sheppard Strudwick~shepperdstrudwick]]). Fiercely protective of his power, Willie organizes a fascistic police force and arranges for "accidents" to befall those who oppose him; even so, he retains the love of the voters by lowering the poverty level, improving the school system, and financing building projects. Even when Willie all but orchestrates the suicide of Anne's uncle, a highly respected judge ([[Performer~P28580~Raymond Greenleaf~raymondgreenleaf]]), those closest to him are unable to escape his power and the charismatic hold he has over people. Stockton, CA, stands in for the unnamed state capitol where most of the film's action occurs. In addition to its Oscars for [[Performer~P15668~Crawford~broderickcrawford]] and [[Performer~P46916~McCambridge~mercedesmccambridge]], All the King's Men won the Best Picture prize. [[Performer~P74794~Warren~robertpennwarren]]'s novel would later be adapted into a stage play, a TV special, and even an opera. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 22, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Parrish Best Editing 1949 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Broderick Crawford Best Actor 1949 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Broderick Crawford Best Actor 1949 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Broderick Crawford Best Actor 1949 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Burnett Guffey Best Cinematography 1949 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Duning Best Original Score 1949 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Ireland Best Supporting Actor 1949 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Rossen Best Director 1949 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Rossen Best Director 1949 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Rossen Best Screenplay 1949 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mercedes McCambridge Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1949 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mercedes McCambridge New Star of the Year - Female 1949 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mercedes McCambridge Best Supporting Actress 1949 Winner

Cast

Broderick Crawford
as Willie Stark
John Derek
as Tom Stark
Joanne Dru
as Anne Stanton
John Ireland
as Jack Burden
Mercedes McCambridge
as Sadie Burke
Shepperd Strudwick
as Adam Stanton
Ralph Dumke
as Tiny Duffy
Anne Seymour
as Lucy Stark
Katherine Warren
as Mrs. Burden
Raymond Greenleaf
as Judge Stanton
Walter Burke
as Sugar Boy
Will Wright
as Dolph Pillsbury
Grandon Rhodes
as Floyd McEvoy
Richard Hale
as Hale
Phil Tully
as Football coach
Judd Holdren
as Politician
John Miller
as Drunk
Louis Mason
as Minister
King Donovan
as Reporter
Pat O'Malley
as Politician
Frank Wilcox
as Man
Paul Ford
as Man
Paul Maxey
as Local chairman

Crew

Robert Rossen
Director
Robert Rossen
Producer
Robert Rossen
Screenwriter
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Louis Gruenberg
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Parrish
Editor
Sturges Carne
Art Director
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
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