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All The King's Men [DVD]

Sean Penn , Jude Law , Pawel Edelman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo
  • Directors: Pawel Edelman
  • Producers: Steven Zaillian, Ken Lemberger, Mike Medavoy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Hindi, Portuguese, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F0ET60
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,386 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sean Penn gives another powerhouse performance in All the King's Men, leading a top notch cast in writer-director Steven Zaillian's underrated adaptation of the Pulitzer prize-winning 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren. When you consider that the previous 1949 film version earned well-deserved Academy Awards for director Robert Rossen and actors Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, it's no surprise that Zaillian's film was expected to earn similar acclaim; but lukewarm critical reception and disappointing box-office gave it the stigma of a noble failure. And while the film (which moves Warren's story from the Depression-era '30s to the early 1950s) suffers from uneven pacing, partial miscasting, and an occasional lack of dramatic tension, it still qualifies as a first-class production that resonates with the timeless relevance of Warren's piercing political classic. Like Broderick before him, Penn is riveting as Louisiana governor Willie Stark, an upstart political dynamo (freely inspired by controversial real-life Louisiana governor Huey P. Long) whose rise to power is ultimately doomed by corruption and betrayal.

Jude Law (The Talented Mr Ripley) co-stars as political reporter Jack Burden, our first-hand witness to Stark's rise and inevitable fall. His orbit of political insiders includes a corrupt judge (Anthony Hopkins) with a dark secret to hide; a longtime friend (Mark Ruffalo) and former lover (Kate Winslet) who fall victim to Stark's influence; and political staffers (James Gandolfini, Patricia Clarkson) who remain powerless against Stark's ill-fated populist juggernaut. At Sean Penn's request, former child star Jackie Earle Haley (from the original Bad News Bears) makes a welcome return to movies as Willie Stark's quietly intense bodyguard, "Sugar-Boy." Co-produced by Louisiana-born political consultant James Carville, filmed on authentic Louisiana locations and boasting all the stately, luxurious production values of a would-be Oscar contender, All the King's Men clearly benefits from Penn's fiery performance and Zaillian's earnest embrace of Warren's still-potent subject matter. And while the film's shortcomings may have prevented it from achieving unanimous acclaim, this is still a serious, well-crafted drama with much to say about the insidious potential for fascism in America, especially when well-meaning politicians lose their souls to power. --Jeff Shannon,

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Remake of the 1949 feature film based on the novel by Robert Penn Warren - the portrait of a politician's declining morality in the face of his ascent to power. In a character purportedly based on legendary real life southern glad-hander, Huey P. Long, Willie 'Boss' Stark (Sean Penn), a weak provincial political candidate undergoes a transformation into a charismatic man of the people by becoming an unashamed populist. In the classic political transformation, however, his ideology is soon trampled under the weight of accumulating wealth and influence. Jude Law stars as Jack Burden, the former reporter tailing Stark's career arc with a cynical eye. The film features an all-star supporting ensemble cast including Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslett, Mark Ruffalo and James Gandolfini.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You're a hick!" 21 Dec 2006
By A Customer
Dismissed by the critics as portentous and vague, this remake of All The Kings Men has the makings of a great film and features another incredible performance by Sean Penn. Even if all the parts don't necessarily make a great whole, the film is still totally watchable.

Sean Penn is Willie Stark, the Southern country boy who wants to be governor, who wears his hair cropped close at the sides and standing up straight on top. Willie begins his career as a lawyer and local official, and, as he sizes people up, he gauging weakness and strengths.

Quietly malevolent, Penn steadily builds his performance so that Stark - although his path is paved with good intentions - turns into a screaming and symbol of the oppressed, repelling evil capitalists and corrupt politicians and promising to build schools, roads, and bridges.

Attacks on him by other politicians are, he says, attacks on the people. In a montage of speeches, we see the populist turn into a demagogue. Watching his rise to power is witnessed through Jack Burden (Jude Law), an outcast from a wealthy family who works as a newspaperman.

Jack joins up with Willie and becomes his confidant and his hatchet man and the center of the movie is the bond between two utterly different men. Jack is represents an offshoot of the old world moneyed elite and Willie is the working class rebel made good.

Director by Steven Zaillian steadily moves the story between the past and the present as he introduces all the supporting players, who in various ways influence Willie's rise to the governorship.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars

Willie Stark: Remember, it is not I who have won, but you. Your will is my strength, and your need is my justice, and I shall live in your right and your will. And if any man tries to stop me from fulfilling that right and that will, I'll break him. I'll break him with my bare hands, for I have the strength of many." IMDB

Willie Stark is the quintessential politician. He started out an honest man and then little by little the urge to win big takes over. The first little lie 'won't hurt them', and downhill from there. Robert Penn Warren's, Pulitizer Prize novel, by the same name 'All The King's Men' was inspired by the infamous Huey Long, Governor and Senator of Lousiana. But, then again, this movie could be about any politician. The making and breaking of a politician comes full fore. Robert Penn Warren observed firsthand, Huey Long, when he took a teaching job at Louisiana State University in 1934. He found the measure of the man.

Sean Penn as Willie Stark is a powerful take of the man. Somehow, something is missing, however, the full meaning of the man is not shown but implied. Jude Law as Jack Burden is an understated play but IMO he steals this movie. His character is full of the irony and the bleakness of the future of politics. He portrays the measure of a man caught in the grip of alcochol and finding his way. Anthony Hopkins as Judge Irwin lives up to his image of the world's greatest living actor. Seemingly honest and upright, but the misery is found once you dig deeply enough. Kate Winslet's characater, Anne Stanton, is so underplayed she could have sent in a stand in. Mark Ruffalo as Adam Stanton is well done. Patricia Clarkson as Sadie Burke plays the perfect foil to Willie Stark, but her character is not on screen enough to matter.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An above average film 12 April 2009
By J. I. De Beresford VINE VOICE
I tend to raise the bar quite high in life and people find me too critical so imagine my surprise when I found a film I thought better than the general populace seem to. I must admit, I had preconceptions about the film being weak due to knowing it didn't have a high profile and therefore must have been a flop. I also thought the trailer was good and yet somehow simple and I like subtlety in my films. So this time the bar was set low and I was pleasantly rewarded by what I saw. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
First of all, the script is full of rich, poetic prose that most scripts aren't. It made me want to read the book. Second, Louisiana looks beautiful and so do the sets. It made me want to visit the place. Third, I didn't want the film to end. It made me want to watch the extras. I'm so glad that an epilogue was included. There are flaws but they didn't spoil the film for me. Those flaws are basically improbabilities and unexplained things and there's so much going on that is only hinted at it's like chunks of the story we'd like to see are missing (the senator's wife is all but brushed out of the film, we jump forward in time alot etc.) and people seem to behave in ways that they wouldn't in real life but welcome to the world of film where years have to be absurdly compressed into a couple of hours or less.
I think Sean Penn's performance is excellent, as usual, and though Jude Law has made too many films too quickly I think he's well suited to this. Anthony Hopkins doesn't excel himself but even Hopkins on autopilot is high quality. A good film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All the Best Intentions do not a film make
Not a remake of the 1949 film, but a more faithful adaptation of Robert Warren Penn's iconic novel, Steve Zaillian's (Schindler's List, Searching For Bobby Fischer, The... Read more
Published 3 months ago by a.diaz
3.0 out of 5 stars all the king's men
Difficult for me to judge this film because I didn't like the book or the story. Eventhough I didn't enjoy the film, I can say that the cast is good and the film well performed.
Published 5 months ago by Grid G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless
This could be the best film ever made....i don't know, we gave up watching after 10 minutes because we couldn't understand a word that was spoken, do these people speak a new... Read more
Published 17 months ago by pedro
1.0 out of 5 stars pathetic
who give the money for such a bad screenplay? one of the 100000 hollywods movie that have a copy>paste screenplay full of scene already sen in thousands of movies with dull, with... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by Aleksander Pieri
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Film That I Would Recommend
Firstly I will give the positives :

1: Excellent photography
2: Good performance from Jude Law

The negatives :

1: Sean Penn (usually an actor... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2007 by Mark Beech
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous.
"All The King's Men" is a political thriller that rises far above its
machinations. At its heart is a tale of doomed love, the corrosive
effect of time, and ultimately... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2007 by Jason Mills
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Flop
A boring movie with no story.....i cannot believe something like this is regarded as enjoyable! Do not waist your time watching this, i've waisted my time for you
Published on 23 Aug 2007 by Incredible DVD
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I sat down with my wife expecting an excellent film but unfortunately this is a rather bleak and slow movie. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2007 by carlrom
3.0 out of 5 stars Bayou blues
I thought this movie much too dark

too shallow and too slow

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