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ALL THE KINGS MEN
USA & UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins, Jackie Earle Haley, Kathy Baker, Talia Balsam, Travis M Champagne, Frederic Forrest, Paul Desmond, Kevin Dunn, Tom McCarthy, Glenn Morshower, Jay Patterson, Michael Cavanaugh, Caroline Lagerfelt, Valerie Stodghill, Nicole Bobek, Tom Aldredge, Lenka Peterson, Eileen Ryan, Gary Grubbs, General Hunt Downer, Elijah Luke Morris, David Montgomery John, Caroline Renee Christmann, Bruce Heinrich, Jordan Rhodes, Charles Newell, Marcus Hester, Keb' Mo', Joshua Davis
Director: Steven Zaillian
UK: 128 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for an intense sequence of violence, sexual content and partial nudity
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence
USA Release Date: 22 September 2006
UK Release Date: 27 October 2006
Based on Robert Penn Warren's 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ALL THE KING'S MEN tells the story of an idealist's rise to power in the world of Louisiana politics and the corruption that leads to his ultimate downfall. Written for the screen, directed and produced by Steven Zaillian, who won an Academy AwardŽ for his adaptation of SCHINDLER'S LIST, ALL THE KING'S MEN features an all-star cast, including OscarŽ winner Sean Penn (MYSTIC RIVER, THE INTERPRETER), Jude Law (CLOSER), Kate Winslet (FINDING NEVERLAND), James Gandolfini (THE SOPRANOS), Mark Ruffalo (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), Patricia Clarkson (PIECES OF APRIL) and Academy AwardŽ winner Anthony Hopkins (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS).
ALL THE KING'S MEN is a complex saga of human nature, power, corruption, idealism, romance and betrayal. Using politics as a framework to delve into the more profound dilemmas of human existence - sin, guilt and redemption - it explores the nature of corruption in a way that is timely and relevant today.
Warren's acclaimed exploration of morality was inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey P Long and other political demagogues, and has had a profound effect on contemporary literature. Zaillian's stylized treatment captures the essence of Warren's novel, infusing it with classic noir elements.