All the King's Men
All the King's Men (1949)

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men is a roman clef inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey Long. Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 8, 1949
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

It is one of the most vital and honest films to come out of Hollywood in a long time.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel.

Witney Seibold

Its political commentary is certainly blunt, but it's also a dynamic character drama full of excellent acting.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

A poisonous political process from our not-so-distant past dominates Robert Rossen's classic film about the rise of a Southern demagogue.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Today, its realism seems bland, its moralizing forced.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A one-note actor, Crawford landed the role of a lifetime and makes the most of it, even if there isn't much variation in his eventual change from the earnest Stark to the evil Stark. Far better are John Ireland and especially Mercedes McCambridge.

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William Brogdon

It is a film that vividly impresses, with dramatic sureness the chicanery of politics as have been practiced in the past and may crop up again.

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James Berardinelli

Not only has this movie stood the test of time, but its content is as uncomfortable and relevant today as it was the day the film premiered.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

A blistering and still powerful political drama that deservedly won the best picture Oscar, with the best actor award going to gruff Broderick Crawford in the performance of a lifetime as Willie Stark.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
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… More
Chris Weber
Politics has never been something that really sparks my interest very often (if at all), so to make something that involves politics in a big way that gets my… More
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Jon Johannesson
Politics aren't a kind playground. They can sully the hearts of the greatest men, tear down their integrity and spirit. All The King's Men is a… More
Aj V
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… More
Byron Brubaker
Don't let the bad critical reviews of the remake scare you away from the story. The story is very good and this original is very compelling. Mercedes… More