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All the King's Men

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
All the King's Men
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A small-town lawyer rides an improbable series of events to the Louisiana governor's mansion, where his populist policies and ruthless scheming quickly earn him some powerful enemies. There are several differences between this film and the 1949 film adaptation. Most notably, this film occurs in Louisiana during the 1950s, whereas the 1949 film occurs in an unnamed Southern state during the Great Depression.
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures presents ; in association with Relativity Media ; a Phoenix Pictures, VIP Medienfonds 3A/4A production ; in association with Rising Star ; produced by Mike Medavoy ... [et al.] ; written for the screen and directed by Steven Zaillian
Title: All the king's men
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006
Edition: Special ed. anamorphic widescreen format (1.851)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel: All the king's men / by Robert Penn Warren
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2006
Special features (83 min.): "The making of 'All the king's men'" featurette (7 min.); "'All the king's men' : an American classic" featurette (13 min.); "La. confidential : on location with 'All the king's men'" featurette (8 min.); "Shake hands with the devil" featurette (10 min.); "The legend and lore of Huey Long" featurette (23 min.); 2 deleted scenes (10 min. total); alternate ending (12 min.)
Credits: Director of photography, Pawel Edelman ; edited by Wayne Wahrman ; music composed by James Horner ; costume designer, Marit Allen ; production designer, Patrizia von Brandenstein.
Performers: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Kathy Baker, Jackie Earle Haley, Anthony Hopkins.
Summary: A small-town lawyer rides an improbable series of events to the Louisiana governor's mansion, where his populist policies and ruthless scheming quickly earn him some powerful enemies.
There are several differences between this film and the 1949 film adaptation. Most notably, this film occurs in Louisiana during the 1950s, whereas the 1949 film occurs in an unnamed Southern state during the Great Depression.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for an intense sequence of violence, sexual content, and partial nudity
System Details: DVD, region 1; Dolby digital 5.1 in English or Dolby digital surround in French
Other Language: In English or dubbed French; with optional English or French subtitles
Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Politicians Louisiana Drama Political corruption Louisiana Drama Louisiana Politics and government 1951- Drama
Genre/Form: Political films
Historical films
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Fiction films
Feature films
Films for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Topical Term: Politicians
Political corruption
Alternate Title: Legend and lore of Huey Long
Publisher No: 11436
ISBN: 1404986537
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

.....zzzzz....yawn....um....how do ya'll say "snoozefest" in cajun?

Sep 04, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Although it is said that this film does not follow the 1949 original film's narrative and is more faithful to the novel than the earlier movie, I don't see a big difference.
To me, the 2006 film seems to be a remake of the 1949 version.
It is also said that the director (Steven Zaillian) never saw the original film, and that he adapted the screenplay solely from Warren's novel.
He should've seen it.
That way, he could've made a difference.

Apr 08, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box.

Mar 09, 2012
  • jeffankeny rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

As an avid fan of Sean Penn, I think he may have been "off the wagon" during this period of his film career. "Fast times at Ridgemont High" was a much better performance

Nov 23, 2007
  • reviewer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found the film dull, plodding, and although I watched it through to the end in hopes it would deliver some payoff, it never did. Especially considering the high-powered cast, I was hoping for something much more intelligent and subtle. The trite metaphorical finale is an insult to anyone with half a brain.

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