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Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995)





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Originally made for cable television, this biographical drama chronicles the life of Huey P. Long (John Goodman), whose corrupt political machine dominated Louisiana for years. The movie opens with a 1930's newsreel giving a report on Long's plan to a run for U.S. President while depicting him as a demagogue in the tradition of Hitler and Mussolini. Shortly after the newsreel, Long is gunned down by an assassin, and the story is told in flashbacks as he reflects on his rise from humble beginnings, to Governor of Louisiana, and on to U.S. Senator. Long's power in his home state eventually bordered on dictatorship, but he received widespread support from the poor and disenfranchised because of his populist programs, such as providing free schoolbooks and building rural roads. The film also shows the private man behind the public persona, including a poignant scene at a relative's funeral where Long's father reproaches him for lying about his family to garner votes. Goodman was Emmy-nominated for his performance.


John Goodman
as Huey P. Long
Matt Craven
as Seymour Weiss
Anne Heche
as Aileen Dumong
Ann Dowd
as Rose Long
Jeff Perry
as Earl Long
Bob Gunton
as Roosevelt
Bill Cobbs
as Pullman Porter
Hoyt Axton
as Huey P. Long Sr.
Kirk Baltz
as Frank Costello
Richard Bradford
as Judge Benjamin Pavy
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Allen Henderson
William Raymond
as Governor O.K. Allen
John McConnell
as `Battlin' Bozman
Ed Bruce
as Governor J.Y. Sanders
Joe Chrest
as Carl Weiss
Joe Warfield
as Delesdernier
Chappy Hardy
as Frank Mendola
Patrick Cullen
as Antoine Daspit
Daniel Kamin
as Cecil Christopher
Rita Smith
as Farmer's Wife
Joanne Pankow
as Waitress
Greg Baber
as Tom Frady
Jack Hazard
as Man at Parade
Stocker Fontelieu
as 1st Impeachment Senator
Graham Timbes
as 2nd Impeachment Senator
Bill Jessup
as 3rd Impeachment Senator
Mary Coulson
as Marguerita Haas
Charles McLawhorn
as 1st Elderly Senator
Mike McNally
as Man in Bathroom
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Huey Long continues to fascinate filmmakers, both of docus and features

June 26, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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