Willie Stark (Penn), an idealistic salesman, is seduced into standing as governor of his home state by businessmen who plan to use him to further their political means. Discovering this, Stark chooses to stand alone, but quickly learns that you have to do bad to do good in politics.
A frustrating experience. It’s beautifully shot, acted and designed, but there’s little cohesion in the story. Maybe one day we’ll see a better cut, but for now this is a sadly fumbled opportunity.
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