• All the King's Men (2006)

All the King's Men

Release Date: September 22nd, 2006

DVD Release Date: December 19th, 2006

PG-13 |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

Charismatic Southern politician Willie Stark's (Sean Penn) idealism and good intentions give way to corruption after he becomes governor of Louisiana. Unfortunately for Stark, his right-hand man (Jude Law) retains the same good moral fibre he had when the men both entered the political arena.

Cast: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins, Jackie Earle Haley

Director: Steven Zaillian

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation, VIP, Phoenix Pictures, AKM Productions

Distributors: Sony Pictures

Keywords: Underdog, Friend, Fascinating, 1930s, Dark, Rise, Judge, Brooding, Transformation, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Audience can certainly find entertainment in this movie, so long as no one takes things too seriously. One suspects, however, that Zaillian and a vast team of producers and executive producers that includes political consultant and pundit James Carville believe they are making a serious commentary on American politics. It comes closer to kitsch. show more

  • 63
    Ken FoxTV Guide Magazine

    We never see enough of the small compromises Willie Stark makes on the way up to fully grasp the tragedy of his fall. Some will undoubtedly find Penn's hamboned, spittle-lashing performance a bit much, but it's a pretty close to Warren's original conception. show more

  • 63
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Some performances carry a picture, this one bench-presses it. Sean Penn's work here is so mesmerizing, so intense, so guaranteed to put him front and centre when Oscar reads out the nominees, as to almost obscure the multiple failings of the misguided movie around it. show more

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