This political allegory adapted from Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an on-target portrait of a backwoods populist (reminiscent of Huey Long) who becomes the electorate’s messiah. Broderick Crawford’s career-high performance won him an Oscar; Mercedes McCambridge won one for Best Supporting Actress. The film also won a Best Picture Oscar.
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