September 22, 2006
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
When Willie Stark is persuaded to run for governor of Louisiana, he doesn’t realize that he’s been set up. Those who convince him to run expect him to toe the party line, split the vote and ultimately lose. A local journalist, Jack Burden, helps Stark realize what’s happening. Stark decides to turn the campaign around and actually try to get elected. Eventually, Stark becomes governor, but he becomes enamored of power and lets it corrupt him. He bullies Jack into digging up scandal on a local judge who has criticized him, leading to the judge’s suicide. An angry doctor who believes that the governor is attempting to sabotage a plan for a new hospital ends up with plans for assassination.