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All The King's Men DVD

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The Best Picture Oscar in 1949 went to All the King's Men, a hard-hitting political melodrama that will strike any number of eerily familiar chords with audiences weaned on later American politics: from the Kennedys to Nixon, Bill Clinton and beyond, US politicians obviously haven't changed much in the intervening decades. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, this grittily realistic movie charts the rise and fall of Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford in an Oscar-winning role), a hick lawyer whose ideals are inexorably eroded by his relentless pursuit of power. When we first meet him, Stark is the people's champion, a struggling self-taught advocate who isn't afraid to speak out against "graft". Although inspired by the real-life story of Louisiana Governor Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men also parallels the much later Primary Colors (1998), which is itself a thinly disguised portrait of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. Like that movie, this one tells the tale from the point of view of a young idealist (John Ireland) who succumbs to the fledgling politician's charm and joins his campaign team. There he meets cynical aide Sadie Burke (Mercedes McCambridge, in another Oscar-winning role) and together they connive at and excuse every increasingly corrupt move made in the name of political expediency, until matters get dangerously out of hand after the governor's son kills his girlfriend in a drunk-driving incident (a spooky premonition of Chappaquidick?). The performances are all top-notch, as is the fast-paced screenplay and direction from Robert Rossen (later director of The Hustler in 1961). Less idealistic than Capra's Mr Smith Goes to Washington, this is a movie ahead of its time which still has plenty to say about the state of modern politics, American or otherwise. --Mark Walker

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Fresh from America&39;s Deep South ambitious politician Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) finds popularity as a reformer but as his career takes off he gradually becomes corrupted by his newly-acquired power Based on Robert Penn Warren&39;s novel which itself was a disguised account of the life and career of Louisiana governor Huey Long the film won Oscars for Best Picture Best Actor (Broderick Crawford) and Best Supporting Actress (Mercedes McCambridge) Actors Broderick Crawford John Ireland Joanne Dru John Derek Mercedes McCambridgeDirectors Robert RossenLanguage EnglishSubtitles Bulgarian Czech Danish Dutch English Finnish French German HebrewClassification URun Time 105 minutes

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