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

A look at the life and career of controversial Louisiana governor Huey Long, whose nickname was "The Kingfish."

Director:

Thomas Schlamme

Writer:

Paul Monash
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Goodman ... Huey P. Long, Jr.
Matt Craven ... Seymour Weiss
Anne Heche ... Aileen Dumont
Ann Dowd ... Rose Long
Bob Gunton ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
Bill Cobbs ... Pullman Porter
Hoyt Axton ... Huey P. Long, Sr.
Kirk Baltz ... Frank Costello
Richard Bradford ... Judge Benjamin Pavy
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Allen Henderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Alaskey ... Kingfish (voice)
Greg Baber ... Tom Frady
Keith Bird ... Huey's Crony / Companion
Walter Breaux Walter Breaux ... Warren
Ed Bruce Ed Bruce ... Gov. J.Y. Sanders
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A look at the life and career of controversial Louisiana governor Huey Long, whose nickname was "The Kingfish."

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Some called him a hero. Some called him the most dangerous man in America.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kingfish See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

While set in Louisiana, parts of the film were shot at the Virginia State Capitol, in Richmond. The Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia is clearly visible on the backs of the legislators' desk chairs. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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John Goodman's best performance!
8 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

John Goodman is best remembered for being Roseanne's husband on tv, as far as I'm concerned, he deserves a purple heart for just putting up with her! However, he is a fine dramatic actor as well and have repeatedly proven it in films like Sea Of Love and The Babe. He is a larger then life screen prescence who dominates every film that he is in, even when he played Fred Flintstone! He takes on a real life "Larger then life" character in playing Huey Long, the infamous Louisiana "Kingfish". People have forgotten Long's assassination in 1935 rocked the country like the JFK, RFK and MLK deaths three decades later. Long was really nothing but a bombastic dictator who turned the state of Louisiana into his own private political machine. You shudder when you think what would have happened if he had been elected President. Goodman shows Long's bombast and bluster, but also his great charm that appealed to the Louisiana voters. History tells us that Long was killed one night in 1935 at the Louisiana State Capitol by a young doctor named Wiess. However, ballistic and modern forensic examination seems to rule this out. Weiss had gone there to speak with Long because he was gerrymandering his Judge father in law's district and wanted to stop him from doing it. What happened is that they got into a shoving matfch and Weiss hit Long in the mouth. His bodyguards went beserk and shot Weiss over sixty times. One of the stray bullets hit Long and killed him. Its inronic and perhaps poetic justice that this dictator's death should have been at the hands of his brutal bodyguards.


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