All the King's Men

1949

Drama / Film-Noir

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IMDb Rating 7.5

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Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 9

You know what I really appreciated about this political story? The filmmakers went overboard NOT to paint the main character as either a Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal. It winds up, then, being more a human-interest story. In other words, there was no political agenda....unlike most films, especially in the last 50 years. <br/><br/>At any rate, Broderick Crawford does an outstanding job portraying the self- proclaimed &quot;hick&quot; Willie Starks, who rises from nothing to become governor of a state and then gets carried away with power and ego.<br/><br/>Mercedes McCambridge is equally riveting as one of his aides. She was a great actress, one of the most intense females I&#39;ve ever seen on film. I&#39;m sorry she didn&#39;t achieve stardom and make more movies than she did. She certainly had the talent. In fact, she won an Academy Award for this performance.<br/><br/>John Ireland also does very well here as another person helping &quot;Willie.&quot; Add some good cinematography and you have a fascinating film start-to-finish. I look forward to viewing it again.

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Reviewed by rmax304823 8

There are lots of movies about the rise of some obscure person into the celebrity life, and the person turns out to be an ambitious and unscrupulous phony. Some of them are pretty good -- &quot;Citizen Kane,&quot; &quot;All About Eve.&quot; Some are mediocre -- &quot;Keeper of the Flame.&quot; This is one of the best.<br/><br/>The acting honors generally go to Broderick Crawford and he&#39;s not bad. He&#39;s rather like a switch who can toggle either into thoughtful candor or blustering Hickhood. (He used the latter persona to good effect as a New Jersey junk man later.) He also had a third position, the incredibly dumb goof, which he never used after becoming a serious actor, but see, &quot;Larceny, Incorporated&quot; for an example of what I mean.<br/><br/>If there&#39;s a problem with the script it&#39;s not his fault, although it involves his character. Hung over, still a bit drunk, Crawford steps on stage and instead of his usual boring &quot;tax&quot; speech he gives a redneck-rousing go-getter. And he never changes after that. Rather too quick a transition.<br/><br/>The direction is very good. There&#39;s a scene in which Mercedes McCambridge enters the hotel room in which John Ireland has been cooped up for four days in a depressed state. &quot;Whew, lots of smoke,&quot; she says. &quot;And lots of whiskey.&quot; The scene is almost perfectly staged, with Ireland crumpled on the bed in the foreground and reaching for his liquor out of the frame, while McCambridge busies herself emptying ash trays in the background and staring at her face in the mirror. &quot;Smallpox,&quot; she says. (She&#39;s not nearly as attractive as Crawford&#39;s new girl friend, JoAnne Dru, nee Joanne Letitia LaCock, a name that could have come straight out of Andy Warhol&#39;s Factory.) Everyone&#39;s acting is quite up to par. It&#39;s John Ireland&#39;s best role. He was never Hollwyood-handsome with those squished up eyes, that deep hole between them, and that protruding nose beneath.<br/><br/>But the honors really should go to Mercedes McCambridge. Robert Rossen, the director, allows her a few seconds here and there to be unique. When Ireland slaps her face hard, she doesn&#39;t cry. She replies with a mixture of contempt and not entirely displeased surprise at having provoked him to violence. And that little speech about smallpox as she compares her face in the mirror to the glamorized portrait of Joanne Dru.<br/><br/>I won&#39;t go on, I don&#39;t think. If you haven&#39;t seen this, you really ought to. So should everyone inside the Beltway. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That&#39;s been attributed so often to Lord Acton that I&#39;m beginning to believe he said it.

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Reviewed by Mike-764 10

Story of Willie Stark, who starts out running for an Assemblyman in the south up against the local political machine, who eventually rises to governor of his state supported by the machine and every interest, Stark originally set out to fight, in the meanwhile ruining the lives of his family &amp; associates. Crawford is very powerful in his role as Stark, delivering a very convincing performance. McCambridge is also excellent as Stark&#39;s conniving political aide (and mistress), Ireland effective as the reporter, from whom the story is viewed. Very good direction by Rossen, who turns the likeable Stark, into a despicable fink by the film&#39;s end. Sharp editing also by Clark. Nice moral play to watch. Rating, 10.

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