All the King's Men

1949 NR 1h 50m DVD

All the King's Men

1949 NR 1h 50m DVD
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Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) is a model politician -- until he's corrupted by the very system he tries to reform. Based on the cautionary Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards. It won Best Picture, as well as Best Actor and Actress for stars Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge (later the voice of the possessed Regan in The Exorcist). Stark's character is based on Louisiana governor Huey Long.
Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, John Derek, Anne Seymour, Joanne Dru, Shepperd Strudwick, Raymond Greenleaf, Ralph Dumke, Walter Burke, Will Wright, Grandon Rhodes, Richard Hale, Paul Ford, King Donovan, Paul Maxey, Helene Stanley, Houseley Stevenson
Robert Rossen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Chinese Simplified, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic political corruption drama has less iffy content than the 2006 remake, but it's still not particularly likely to interest kids. The main character, Stark, has affairs and blackmails a judge; the movie also deals with class issues. Characters drink, and two are assassinated (not very graphic).

Sexual Content

Stark has affairs with Anne and Sadie among others


Stark and his assailant shot and killed



Social Behavior


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol


  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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