Thursday, December 9, 2010

All the King's Men

Recently, I've been trying to catch up on the Best Picture winners. So far I've seen most of them, but not all.

Upon winning the election for governor, the once-honest Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) becomes amoral and corrupt, the very things he was accused of being.

The main points of All the King's Men are Broderick's performance and the screenplay. Crawford gives bravura for his work as Stark. Mercedes McCambridge, who plays Stark's tough-talking assistant Sadie Burke, also steals scenes she's in (hence the Oscar). All the King's Men is loosely based on the actions of politician Huey Long (no relation), whose life and career mirrors that of Stark's. Did this deserve the Best Picture Oscar? You bet.

My Rating: ****1/2

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