Academy Award-winning rise and fall of a rotten politician, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren. This scathing, grimly realistic film, long a pet project for producer-director-writer Robert Rossen, served as a breakthrough for Broderick Crawford, who had
previously been confined to B films. As Willie Stark, Crawford let loose a fierce and awesome acting tour de force
he never again equaled (and won an Academy Award for his work). The character of Willie Stark himself was most certainly inspired by Louisiana's Huey Pierce Long, the controversial
"Kingfish" who ruled the state as governor (and later senator) with an iron hand and an...