icon Film Profile: All the King's Men - (2005)
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5.4/10 Stars
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3/10 Stars
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"Some people will do anything to gain power. Some will do anything to keep it."


  • Director: Steven Zaillian
  • Genre: ComedyDramaTelevision, Science Fiction & FantasyDrama, Television, Mystery & SuspenseMusical & Performing Arts, DocumentaryDramaDrama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & SuspenseDrama
  • Studio: Relativity Media
  • Duration: 150 Mins

In his role as wily politician Willie Stark, Sean Penn does a lot of shouting and grand gesticulating, but fails to bring this remake of the 1949 Oscar-winning drama to life. Writer/director Steven Zaillian seems overawed by the task of adapting Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which shows Stark (a character inspired by real-life Louisiana governor Huey P Long) gradually being seduced away from his populist ideals by the lure of power. Jude Law plays Stark's right-hand man Jack Burden, who tries to avert scandal while battling his own inner demons. Unfortunately, Zaillian's script becomes so tangled up in numerous subplots - Burden's relationship with an old flame (Kate Winslet), to name but one - that supposedly significant revelations have little impact, and so Zaillian is forced to rely on endless talky scenes and a ponderous voiceover to explain the story. And the performances of the undeniably A-list cast, which also includes Kate Winslet and Anthony Hopkins, seem affected thanks to the ostentatious direction.
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Cast List:
Willie Stark : Sean Penn
Jack Burden : Jude Law
Anne Stanton : Kate Winslet
Tiny Duffy : James Gandolfini
Adam Stanton : Mark Ruffalo
Sadie Burke : Patricia Clarkson
Judge Irwin : Anthony Hopkins
Mrs Burden : Kathy Baker
Sugar Boy : Jackie Earle Haley
Alex : Kevin Dunn
Lucy Stark : Talia Balsam
Willie's father : Frederic F Forrest

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