This film is surprisingly relevant in today’s political climate. This film follows small town lawyer Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) whose desire to become governor compromises his values until he has become a completely different person. The symbolism behind Stark’s rise to power and his willingness to throw away his own values in favor of power can be seen as a clear analogy for the way some of the political leaders in today’s government are willing to sacrifice everything they claim to believe in favor of power. Crawford plays the character perfectly, both in his humble roots and as the corrupt politician he eventually becomes. This film is one of the quintessential films of the 1940s and it has held up surprisingly well and been remade several times over the years.
A great film and one of the best political films ever, this one needs to be appreciated by everybody.
A lovely film with great performances, this one has achieved a great reputation and earns..
4.5 out of 5