12 certificateAll the King's Men is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

All the King's Men is a 3 star programme

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All the King's Men (2006)

Directed by
Steven Zaillian

This so-so re-make of the 1949 political drama is set in 1950s Louisiana. Campaign fixer Tiny Duffy (James Gandolfini) puts one arm around the shoulder of Willie Stark (Sean Penn) and the other behind the newcomer's back, pushing the political greenhorn in front of one blue-collar crowd after another.

What the ambitious young man doesn't realise is that it is Tiny's other candidate who's gaining from a split rural vote. But halfway through a repeated speech, Willie sees the light, turning on his campaign manager and making himself a contender with a single scorching appeal: "Listen to me, you hicks! Lift up your eyes and look at God's blessed and un-flyblown truth. Nobody ever helped a hick but a hick himself."

Director Steven Zaillian deserves admiration for his determination to remake one of Hollywood's best-loved films. The 1949 version won three Oscars, including Best Actor for Broderick Crawford.

Zaillian, better known as the screenwriter of Schindler's List and Gangs Of New York, claims not to have seen the original film, preferring the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren.

He gets a firebrand performance by Sean Penn, and enlists a fine (and distinctly English) cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet and Jude Law as a bourbon-addled reporter.

Despite this, the original film - which needs to be viewed in the context of when it was made - is superior.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 123 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2006

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: Germany/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Sean PennSean Penn...Willie Stark
Image for Jude LawJude Law...Jack Burden
Image for Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins...Judge Irwin
Image for Kate WinsletKate Winslet...Anne Stanton
Image for Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo...Adam Stanton
Image for Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson...Sadie Burke
Image for James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini...Tiny Duffy
Image for Jackie Earle HaleyJackie Earle Haley...Sugar Boy
Image for Kathy BakerKathy Baker...Mrs. Burden
Talia Balsam...Lucy Stark
Travis Champagne...Tom Stark
Frederic Forrest...Willie's Father
Paul Desmond...Slade
Image for Kevin DunnKevin Dunn...Alex
Thomas McCarthy...Editor