Black SplatAll the King's Men (1949)
   

"Listen to me, you Hicks!"

All the King's Men starring Brodrick Crawfor

Description - Defiant words spoken by Broderick Crawford as politician Willie Stark in the motion picture All the King’s Men (1949).

"Man in conceived in sin and born in corruption." -Willie Stark

In a bid to win the election, Willie delivers these sentiments to a crowd of potential voters:

“Now, shut up! Shut up, all of you. Now, listen to me, you hicks. Yeah, you’re hicks too, and they fooled you a thousand times, just like they fooled me. But this time, I’m going to fool somebody. I’m going to stay in the race. I’m on my own and I’m out for blood. Listen to me, you hicks...Here it is, you hicks! Nail up anybody who stands in your way! Nail up Joe Harrison! Nail up McMurphy! And if they don't deliver, give me the hammer, and I'll do it myself! ”

In a conversation with political consultant Jack Burden (John Ireland), Willie is advised:

“Make them cry. Make them laugh. Make them mad, even mad at you. Stir them up and they’ll love it, and come back for more, but for heaven sake, don’t try to improve their minds.”

Note: In the 2006 remake of the movie, Sean Penn plays the role of Willie Stark, in which he shouts:

"They fooled you 1,000 times, just like they fooled me. But this time, I'll fool somebody. I'll stay in this race. I'm on my own and out for blood. Listen to me, you hicks! Lift up your eyes and look at God's blessed and unfly-blown truth. This is the truth! You're a hick. Nobody ever helped a hick but a hick himself. Listen to me, listen to me! They were going to use me to split the vote. But I'm standing here now on my hind legs. Even a dog can learn to do that. Are you standing on your hind legs? Have you learned that yet? Here it is, you hicks! Nail up anybody who stands in your way. Nail up Joe Harrison! Nail up McMurphy! If they don't deliver, give me the hammer and I'll do it. I want his throat cut from ear to ear."

When Willie wins the election, he proclaims to the masses:

"Remember, it is not I who have won, but you. Your will is my strength, and your need is my justice, and I shall live in your right and your will. And if any man tries to stop me from fulfilling that right and that will, I'll break him. I'll break him with my bare hands, for I have the strength of many."


 
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