Director Steven Zaillian’s film adaptation of All the King's Men, the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, was supposed to be released in 2005 but was delayed for the 2006 fall Oscar season. Sean Penn played the fiery politician Willie Stark, who was modeled on real-life Louisiana firebrand governor, Huey Long.
Unfortunately, the Oscar bait strategy backfired as many critics lambasted the film as being dull. However, that was hotly debated by other critics that admired the film’s impressive ensemble working including the likes of Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo and Kate Winslet. Neither the blustering failure or the home run it should have been, All the King's Men deserves a second look.