All the Kings Men: Film review

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All the Kings Men is a movie that brings the viewer closer to the world of political corruption. Directed by Robert Rossen in 1949, All the Kings Men focuses on the political life of Willie Stark, An up and comer in the Louisiana political scene, by running on the platform of reformations and the removal of corrupt political officials. This film won the best picture award in 1949. This movie was lightly based on the real life Louisiana governor, Huey Long.

Stark at the beginning of the film is a young country boy protesting against corruption and wanting to make a difference for his people. It is important for the director to make Willie out to be an Honest and Trustworthy man. He is displayed as hard working because he's going for a degree in law, doesn't drink and lives at home with wife and son. The reporter jack Burden comes to cover Willie Stark when he first runs for Treasurer, but Willie loses by a land slide.

His wife playing an important role, because she was the one person that Willie depended on for his education and in turn gave him a chance to earn a law degree and practice law. And at first, no one wanted Willie as a lawyer.

Eventually, Willie gets some cases, helping out poor common people with legal issues. Then twelve children die when a faulty stair case crashes down at a local school. They look to Stark for justice, Stark they can view as one of their own because they can relate to his life. Willie is then nominated to run as a third party candidate, which is really meant to spit the unevenly and boost Stark to political recognition. Stark realizes what has happened and comes to find out that the...