- All the King's Men (1949 film)
name = All the King's Men
caption = original film poster
Robert Rossen Robert Penn Warren(novel)
Broderick Crawford John Ireland Joanne Dru John Derek Mercedes McCambridge
editing = Al Clark
November 8, 1949
runtime = 109 min.
Academy Award for Best Picture
language = English
amg_id = 1:1609
imdb_id = 041113
"All The King's Men" is the story of the rise of politician Willie Stark from a rural county seat to the spotlight. Along the way, he loses his initial innocence, and becomes just as corrupt as those who he assaulted before for this characteristic. Also included is the romance between one of his "right hand women" and the up-and-coming journalist who brings Stark to prominence.
Rossen originally offered the starring role to
John Wayne, who found the proposed film script unpatriotic and indignantly refused the part. Crawford, who eventually took the role, won the 1949 Oscar for best male actor, beating out Wayne, who had been nominated for his role in "The Sands of Iwo Jima".
The film won Oscars in the following categories:
*Best Picture - Robert Rossen Productions (
Robert Rossen, producer)
*Best Actor -
Broderick Crawfordas Willie Stark
*Best Supporting Actress -
Mercedes McCambridgeas Sadie BurkeIt was also nominated for
*Best Supporting Actor - John Ireland as Jack Burden
*Best Director - Robert Rossen
*Best Film Editing - Al Clark and
*Best Writing, Screenplay - Robert Rossen
In 2001 the United States
Library of Congressdeemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Another movie based on the book was released in 2006:
All the King's Men (2006 film).
Politics in fiction
Academy Award for Best Picture
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