All the King’s Men

All the King's Men
Drama

1949

Director: Robert Rossen Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge, Shepperd Strudwick, Ralph Dumke, Anne Seymour, Katherine Warren, Raymond Greenleaf, Walter Burke, Will Wright, Grandon Rhodes

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Broderick Crawford); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mercedes McCambridge)

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Ireland); Best Director (Robert Rossen); Best Screenplay (Robert Rossen); Best Film Editing

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Did You Know? Director Robert Rossen only let the cast read the script through once before taking it away from them. According to Broderick Crawford, “We really had to stay on our toes.”

Quotables: WILLIE STARK: I’m going to run! You can’t stop me! I’m going to run even if I don’t get a single vote!

And now a Word from the Guise:
How foolish are we, the voting masses, to continually believe the empty promises of our political leaders? They claw their way through the desperation and feed on the hopes of the people to win their favour. But the moment they gain their power, they turn their backs on the people. Our plight is never the concern of those we ultimately elect. Their only concern is power.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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