History Literature / AllTheKingsMen

18th May '15 5:15:39 PM nombretomado
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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and Creator/KateWinslet.

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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and Creator/KateWinslet.
14th Feb '15 6:43:33 PM Thurisaz314
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27th Jan '15 9:07:43 PM TheGreatSkrond
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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Stark justifies his illegal and unconstitutional actions by saying that he's done a huge amount of good for the state, and everyone just makes up morality as they go along anyway. The former is definitely true, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment you can decide the latter yourself]].
31st Dec '14 9:54:40 PM nombretomado
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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and KateWinslet.

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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and KateWinslet.Creator/KateWinslet.
10th Nov '14 6:51:50 PM Angeldeb82
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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Willie starts honest, but quickly is corrupted when he realizes what he needs to do to become Governor. Adam's fear of being corrupted is part of what leads him to [[spoiler:assassinate Willie.]]

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Willie starts honest, but quickly is corrupted when he realizes what he needs to do to become Governor. Adam's fear of being corrupted is part of what leads him to [[spoiler:assassinate Willie.]]Willie]].



* ParentalSubstitute: Irwin for Jack. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Irwin is Jack's actual father]]

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* ParentalSubstitute: Irwin for Jack. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Irwin is Jack's actual father]] father.]]



* VillainousGlutton: Tiny Duffy again. Also Willie Stark, [[GreyAndGreyMorality for a given value of "villainous"]].

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* VillainousGlutton: Tiny Duffy again. Also Willie Stark, [[GreyAndGreyMorality [[GreyAndGrayMorality for a given value of "villainous"]].



** In the 2006 film version, Stark is shown to have a harem consisting of loose women from all over the world, including a Spanish ice-skater ("The world is full of sluts on skates") and a Japanese [[{{Geisha}} geisha]]. For this reason, Jack Burden is referred to sarcastically as "State Director of Pimps."

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** In the 2006 film version, Stark is shown to have a harem consisting of loose women from all over the world, including a Spanish ice-skater ("The world is full of sluts on skates") and a Japanese [[{{Geisha}} geisha]].{{geisha}}. For this reason, Jack Burden is referred to sarcastically as "State Director of Pimps."
15th Aug '14 3:41:56 PM JesseMB27
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* ElectionDayEpisode: At points it focuses on Willie Stark's campaigns for election and re-election for Governor.
10th Jul '14 9:19:34 AM Hermes3
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Most commentators have noted that Willie Stark, in his actions and ideology, resembled UsefulNotes/HueyLong, which would make sense since Warren lived in Louisiana for a time. He always denied that Stark was based on Long.
13th Jun '14 7:21:44 PM Austin
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* TheUnintelligible: Possibly unintentional. Sean Penn's accent is really thick and half the things he says are metaphors only people from 1930s Louisiana would understand.
29th Mar '14 2:03:07 PM MarkLungo
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''All The King's Men'' is a 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren, which won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize. It chronicles the life of radically-liberal (in point of fact, populist-socialist) Louisiana governor Willie "the Boss" Stark (in the book and films)/Talos (in the never-properly-completed play), through the eyes of LemonyNarrator and eventual main character Jack Burden. In particular, it covers Stark's two campaigns for governor, his [[YourCheatingHeart chronic infidelity]], and his [[WellIntentionedExtremist increasingly frenzied]] attempts to create a new state hospital. Almost universally assumed to be [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based on the true story]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_Long Louisiana governor Huey Long]]. Highly recommended reading.

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''All The King's Men'' is a 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren, which won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize. It chronicles the life of radically-liberal (in point of fact, populist-socialist) Louisiana governor Willie "the Boss" Stark (in the book and films)/Talos (in the never-properly-completed play), through the eyes of LemonyNarrator and eventual main character Jack Burden. In particular, it covers Stark's two campaigns for governor, his [[YourCheatingHeart chronic infidelity]], and his [[WellIntentionedExtremist increasingly frenzied]] attempts to create a new state hospital. Almost universally assumed to be [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based on the true story]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_Long Louisiana governor Huey Long]].governor]] UsefulNotes/HueyLong, although Warren always denied it. Highly recommended reading.
24th Sep '13 1:27:39 PM Dancedom
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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006.

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Made into a film two times, in 1949 and 2006. The 1949 version was a critical and commercial success, winning three AcademyAwards including Best Picture. The 2006 adaptation however was a BoxOfficeBomb and critical failure, despite a huge cast including SeanPenn and KateWinslet.
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