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All the Kings Men

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Adaptation of robert penn warrens classic novel all the kings men, about the rise of a politician, who loses his integrity as he becomes more powerful.


Studio Sony
SKU 203365387
UPC 043396114364
UPC 14 00043396114364
Format DVD
Release Date 5/1/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Penn,Sean
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Cast & Crew
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
James Gandolfini - Actor
James Horner - Original Music By
Jude Law - Actor
Kate Winslet - Actor
Ken Lemberger, et. al. - Producer
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Patricia Clarkson - Actor
Pawel Edelman - Cinematographer
Robert Penn Warren - Based On Novel By
Sean Penn - Actor
Steven Zaillian - Writer
Steven Zaillian - Director
Thomas McCarthy - Actor
Wayne Wahrman - Editor
Review The screenplay is filled with some interesting dialogue scenes which would work just fine for anyone auditioning for the Actor's Studio but which never come together to accentuate the fraud of impracticality in the offices of the people. As the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Schindler's List who banged a home run with his directorial debut (Searching for Bobby Fischer) and a solid double with A Civil Action (also about how corporate interference is destroying small-town America), I can only believe that Zaillian ran into the same type of meddling which neutered a more epic tale for the sake of a box-office friendly running time. Now wouldn't that make for a more timely screenplay about the country we live in today?
Reviewer Erik Childress
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review All the King's Men is the inherent difficulty of adapting such a complex novel into a screenplay of reasonable length. (The 1949 film suffered from some of the same problems.) As good a writer as Zaillian is, the task is beyond him. There are some very good scenes (the key interaction between Jack and Judge Irwin is compelling), but the overall story feels paradoxically both rushed and overlong. Those familiar with the novel will undoubtedly agree that reading it is a more satisfying experience than watching this disappointing film. One expects more - much more, in fact - with cast of this caliber.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Penn,Sean
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Empire ...beautifully shot, acted and designed...
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times intricate, subtly rewarding narrative...
Rick Groen, The Globe & Mail ...Penn's work here is so mesmerizing, so intense, so guaranteed to put him front and centre when Oscar reads out the nominees...
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post honorable run at Robert Penn Warren's classic novel.
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