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Writers:
Herman J. Mankiewicz (original screen play) &
Orson Welles (original screen play)
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Release Date:
5 September 1941 (USA) See more »
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Radio's Most Dynamic Artist . . The Man At Whose Voice A Nation Trembled . . . Now the screen's most exciting NEW star ! ORSON WELLES in the picture Hollywood said he'd never make See more »
Plot:
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joseph Cotten ... Jedediah Leland

Dorothy Comingore ... Susan Alexander Kane

Agnes Moorehead ... Mary Kane

Ruth Warrick ... Emily Monroe Norton Kane

Ray Collins ... James W. Gettys
Erskine Sanford ... Herbert Carter

Everett Sloane ... Mr. Bernstein
William Alland ... Jerry Thompson

Paul Stewart ... Raymond
George Coulouris ... Walter Parks Thatcher
Fortunio Bonanova ... Matiste
Gus Schilling ... The Headwaiter
Philip Van Zandt ... Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus ... Miss Anderson
Harry Shannon ... Kane's Father
Sonny Bupp ... Kane III
Buddy Swan ... Kane, age eight

Orson Welles ... Kane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Ackerman ... Man at Party in Everglades (uncredited)
Loretta Agar ... Dancing Girl (uncredited)
Demetrius Alexis ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Peter Allen ... Man in Senate Investigating Committee (uncredited)
William Alston ... Man at Xanadu Great Hall (uncredited)
Baudelio Alva ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
T. Lockwood Arbright ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Man at Boat Dock (uncredited)
Michael Audley ... Man in Projection Room (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... City Room Employee (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Alva Baudena ... Man in Newsreel (uncredited)
Charles Bennett ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Georgia (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Robert Brent ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
James Brought ... Man in Newsreel (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... Servant (uncredited)
Harry Burkhardt ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
William Calkins ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Porter Chase ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Gene Chervow ... Man in Newsreel (uncredited)
J.J. Clark ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Dorothy Cleveland ... Woman in Front of Chronicle Building (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Inquirer Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Reporter (uncredited)

Nat 'King' Cole ... Pianist in 'El Rancho' (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Sally Corner ... Woman at Boat Deck (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Gino (uncredited)
Herbert Corthell ... City Editor (uncredited)
Maurice Costello ... Extra (uncredited)
Irene Crosby ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Cross ... Man at Opera (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ... Teddy Roosevelt (uncredited)
Louise Currie ... Reporter at Xanadu (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Boss Printer (uncredited)
Ed Dahlen ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Ernie Daniels ... Hireling (uncredited)
Coy Danz ... Nurse on Hospital Roof (uncredited)
Margaret Davis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tim Davis ... Copy Boy (uncredited)
Donna Dax ... House Maid (uncredited)
Marie Day ... (uncredited)
Petra R. de Silva ... Newswoman (uncredited)
Gayle DeCamp ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Frances Deets ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carl Deloro ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Man in Projection Room (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Ward Heeler (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Photographer (uncredited)
Lou Duello ... Man at Opera (uncredited)
Suzanne Dulier ... French Maid (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Pauline Easterday ... Dancer (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Solly (uncredited)
Johnny Eckert ... Car-Driver (uncredited)
Jack Egan ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Carl Ekberg ... Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
Dick Elmore ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Leland's Nurse (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Hermann Goring (uncredited)
Juanita Fields ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Floyd ... Hireling (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... City Room Employee (uncredited)
Monty Ford ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Jean Forward ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Olin Francis ... Expressman (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Susan's Maid (uncredited)
Al Frazier ... Gorilla Man (uncredited)
Guy Gada ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Gloria Gale ... Dancer (uncredited)
Captain Garcia ... General in News on the March (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Man at Xanadu Great Hall (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Rudolph Germaine ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Bob Gladman ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Renee Godfrey ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jerry Gordon ... Dancer (uncredited)

Peter Gowland ... Guest (uncredited)
Jimmy Grant ... Man at Party in Everglades (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Joseph (uncredited)
Ernest Grooney ... Man on Hospital Roof (uncredited)
Jack Gwynne ... Man on Hospital Roof (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Frank Haney ... City Room Employee (uncredited)
Harry Harris ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Newspaper Man (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Best Man at Wedding (uncredited)
Edward L. Hemmer ... (uncredited)
Cliff Herd ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... Fish Driver (uncredited)
Harlan Hoagland ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
John Huettner ... Man at Xanadu Great Hall (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham ... Politician (uncredited)
Jack Itay ... Man at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
Jack Jahries ... Man in Newsreel (uncredited)
Walter James ... Ward Heeler (uncredited)
George W. Jimenez ... Waiter at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Clayton Jones ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Edna Mae Jones ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Jones ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Alexander Julian ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Bill Kane ... Man on Hospital Roof (uncredited)
Arthur Kay ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Ivy Keene ... Car-Driver / Woman in Loggia Scene (uncredited)
E. Kerry ... Person in Front of Chronicle Building (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Reporter at Wedding (uncredited)
Laura Knight ... Dancer (uncredited)

Alan Ladd ... Reporter Smoking Pipe at End (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Carmen Laroux ... Maid in Xanadu Hall (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Man in Projection Room (uncredited)
Walter Lawrence ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Bob Lawson ... City Room Employee (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
David Ledner ... Man in Newsreel (uncredited)
Adam Linke ... Druggist (uncredited)
J.D. Lockhart ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Mary Lorraine ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ellen Lowe ... Ms. Townsend (uncredited)
Ludwig Lowry ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Buck Mack ... Reporter at Boat Deck (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Prompter (uncredited)
Evelyn Mackert ... Woman at Boat Dock (uncredited)
Teddy Mangean ... Man on Roof (uncredited)
Herman J. Mankiewicz ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Jack Manolas ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Joe Manz ... Jennings (uncredited)
Loretta Marsh ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Clyde McAtee ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Major McBride ... Shadowgraph Man (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... (uncredited)
Lee McCluskey ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
John McCormack ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... Civic Leader (uncredited)
Hercules Mendez ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Jim Merritt ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Man at Boat Dock (uncredited)
E.G. Miller ... Neville Chamberlain / Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Irving Mitchell ... Dr. Corey (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Man at Xanadu Great Hall (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Politician (uncredited)
Jack Morton ... Butler (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frances E. Neal ... Ethel (uncredited)
Lillian Nicholson ... Woman at Opera (uncredited)
Leda Nicova ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Copy Boy (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Secretary (uncredited)
John Northpole ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Field Norton ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Secretary (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Man at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
Paddy O'Flynn ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Lillian O'Malley ... Woman in Front of Chronicle Building (uncredited)
Edward Peil Jr. ... Civic Leader (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce ... Copy Boy Delivering Message in Chicago Hotel Room (uncredited)
Thomas Pogue ... Man (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Man at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
J.R. Ralston ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Terrance Ray ... Man at Boat Dock / Man at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Stagehand (uncredited)
William Reed ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Guy Repp ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jolane Reynolds ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Verne Richards ... City Room Employee (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Myrtle Rishell ... Big Governess (uncredited)
Jack Robbins ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Don Roberts ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
George Rogers ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Smather (uncredited)
Shimen Ruskin ... Hireling (uncredited)
Edward Ryan ... Man in Inquirer City Room (uncredited)
Jack Ryan ... Man at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
Robert Samven ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Reporter at Xanadu (uncredited)
Jack Santoro ... Man at Xanadu Great Hall (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Politician (uncredited)
Dick Scott ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Ruth Seeley ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Hireling (uncredited)
Brent Shugar ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney ... Newsman (uncredited)
Guy Smith ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Roy Smith ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Vince Speaker ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
George Sperry ... City Room Employee (uncredited)
Sam Steele ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Ralph Stein ... Hireling (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Senate Investigator (uncredited)
Dimas Sutteno ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Jack Taylor ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Norman Taylor ... Man in Senate Investigating Committee (uncredited)
Bob Terry ... Man in Newsreel (uncredited)
Karl Thomas ... Jetsam (uncredited)
Robert B. Tobin ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)

Gregg Toland ... Interviewer in 1935 Newsreel (uncredited)
Kathryn Trosper ... Reporter at Xanadu (uncredited)
Fred Trowbridge ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Glen Turnbull ... Flotsam (uncredited)
Gohr Van Vleck ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Portuguese Laborer (uncredited)
Tim Wallace ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Ken Weaver ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Charles West ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Patrick Whitney ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jan Wiley ... Reporter at Xanadu (uncredited)
Bill Wilkens ... Man on Roof (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Man Singing at Inquirer Party (uncredited)
Tudor Williams ... Chorus Master (uncredited)
Richard Wilson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Vivian Wilson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Roland Winters ... Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited)
Vera Winters ... Woman in Projection Room (uncredited)
Arthur Yeoman ... Speaker (uncredited)
Louis Young ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Orson Welles 
 
Writing credits
Herman J. Mankiewicz (original screen play) &
Orson Welles (original screen play)

Roger Q. Denny  contributing writer (uncredited)
John Houseman  contributing writer (uncredited)
Mollie Kent  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Orson Welles .... production
George Schaefer .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Wise 
 
Casting by
Rufus Le Maire (uncredited)
Robert Palmer (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Layne Britton .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Pandro S. Berman .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
Lee S. Marcus .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Donahue .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Fleck .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Perry Ferguson .... associate art director
Allan Abbott .... sketches and graphics (uncredited)
Harold Barry .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Chesley Bonestell .... background painter (uncredited)
Hilyard M. Brown .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ross Dowd .... art department assistant (uncredited)
A. Roland Fields .... set dresser (uncredited)
Claude Gillingwater Jr. .... sketches and graphics (uncredited)
Holt D. Lindslay .... paint foreman (uncredited)
John B. Mansbridge .... draftsman (uncredited)
Charles Ohmann .... principal sketch artist (uncredited)
Tom Peer .... drapery (uncredited)
Van Nest Polglase .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Albert M. Pyke .... sketches and graphics (uncredited)
Charles Sayers .... property master (uncredited)
F.T. Thompson .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
W.A. Wilde .... production buyer (uncredited)
D.E. Wise .... greensman (uncredited)
J.B. Zokovich .... plasterer (uncredited)
Maurice Zuberano .... sketches and graphics (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bailey Fesler .... recording
James G. Stewart .... recording
John Aalberg .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Harry Essman .... special sound effects (uncredited)
John C. Grubb .... sound tester (uncredited)
Terry Kellum .... sound recordist (uncredited)
T. Kilburn .... sound tester (uncredited)
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... sound tester (uncredited)
Louis Page .... sound department (uncredited)
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
James Thompson .... boom operator (uncredited)
John E. Tribby .... sound tester (uncredited)
Edward Ullman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
T.K. Wood .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... visual effects cinematographer (uncredited)
Linwood G. Dunn .... optical effects (uncredited)
Fitch Fulton .... matte painter (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... matte painter (uncredited)
Bill Leeds .... optical printer (uncredited)
Pete Love .... optical printer (uncredited)
Douglas Travers .... montage effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
Matt Bordofsky .... jib operator (uncredited)
Russell A. Cully .... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
William Eglinton .... camera department head (uncredited)
Eddie Garvin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Hoge .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill McLellan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Russell Metty .... photographer: early tests (uncredited)
Earl Miller .... electrician (uncredited)
Bert Shipman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Harry L. Wolf .... camera department (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe department (uncredited)
Earl Leas .... wardrobe: man (uncredited)
Margaret Van Horn .... wardrobe: woman (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John Houseman .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
Mark Robson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
I.J. Wilkinson .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... music conducted by
Ralph Bekher .... music editor (uncredited)
Dave Dreyer .... music department (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mischa Violin .... music copyist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Elroy G. Cline .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Rubens .... picture vehicles coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rita Alexander .... secretary (uncredited)
William Alland .... assistant: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
Vicki Anderson .... stand-in: Dorothy Comingore (uncredited)
Arthur Appell .... dance director (uncredited)
John Barada .... stage manager (uncredited)
Richard Barr .... assistant: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
Leda Bauer .... script reader: New York (uncredited)
Howard Benedict .... unit publicist (uncredited)
L. Bessinger .... script reader: Hollywood (uncredited)
Elmore Draper Blake .... layout man: newspapers (uncredited)
Phoebe Campbell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bob Crosby .... dance double: Orson Welles (uncredited)
H.G. Cunningham .... machine shop foreman (uncredited)
Alex Davidoff .... translator: Russian newspapers (uncredited)
Sid Davis .... stand-in: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
Herbert Drake .... publicist: Mercury Theatre (uncredited)
H. Emolieff .... film export manager (uncredited)
Jean Forward .... adr voice (uncredited)
Miriam Geiger .... production advisor (uncredited)
Winifred Hablam .... production secretary (uncredited)
John Hamilton .... production insurance (uncredited)
Ross Hastings .... legal advisor (uncredited)
George Havens .... stand-in (uncredited)
Charles Hayes .... stand-in: Orson Welles (uncredited)
Molly Herman .... pre-production assistant: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
G.B. Hobe .... production accountant (uncredited)
John Houseman .... assistant: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
John Huettner .... stand-in: Orson Welles (uncredited)
Roberta Johnson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ivy Keene .... stand-in (uncredited)
Amalia Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
William Knutson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Perc Launders .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rufus Le Maire .... talent coordinator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
C. Margotis .... translator: Greek newspapers (uncredited)
S. Barret McCormick .... press representative (uncredited)
J.B. McDonough .... business manager (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Ivy R. McLean .... public relations: RKO Radio Pictures (uncredited)
Russell Metty .... special consultant (uncredited)
James Moore .... talent coordinator (uncredited)
Howard Nelson .... maintenance (uncredited)
J.J. Nolan .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in (uncredited)
Roy S. Otto .... projectionist (uncredited)
Fleta Preston .... secretary (uncredited)
Ernest Reyer .... opera designer (uncredited)
Sid Rogell .... backlot manager (uncredited)
Sid Rogell .... production executive (uncredited)
Ann Rogers .... secretary: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
Ed Ryan .... stand-in (uncredited)
H. Schilling .... production accountant (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
Ed Sojin Jr. .... translator: Chinese newspapers (uncredited)
Katherine Stanley .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ralph Stein .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jack Swain .... laboratory technician (uncredited)
Kathryn Trosper .... secretary (uncredited)
Blanche Walters .... pre-production secretary (uncredited)
Arthur Willy .... talent director: New York (uncredited)
Richard Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
H. Winnicar .... studio teacher (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
119 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Brazil:12 (Blu-ray) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-12 (video rating) (1995) | Germany:12 | Ireland:12 (DVD rating) (2003) | Israel:PG | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1985) (1994) (1999) (2012) | USA:Approved (PCA #6555) (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1991)

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Trivia:
The voice of the newsreel announcer at the beginning of the film is provided by William Alland, who plays the reporter Mr. Thompson.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mr. Thatcher has Mrs. Kane sign the contract at Mrs. Kane's Boarding House, Mrs. Kane goes over the closed window and opens it. In the first shot, the window could only be raised to the height of Mrs. Kane's shoulders, but in the second, it is above her head.See more »
Quotes:
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Charles Foster Kane:Rosebud...
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594 out of 1107 people found the following review useful.
The Great Cinema Swindle, 9 July 2007
Author: AphroditeVenus from Sydney, Australia

I know why you're reading this. You're smart, you have great taste, a passion for cinema, and you see CK near the top of every 'Great Movie' list ever compiled. So with great anticipation you borrow a DVD copy and sit down for a real treat, and... you can't get through the first half hour. You fall asleep.

Surprised, you think, 'It must be me, maybe I'm tired,' so a month later, you try again. But you don't even get as far as before, and wake up drooling out the corner of your mouth as a bloated Orson Welles, with really bad age make-up, groans 'Rosebud, Rosebud'.

It doesn't make sense. You're perplexed. You've watched other films on the lists... Casablanca made you stand up and cheer, cry, laugh, feel connected to all humanity. You even adore films on the list that some might consider oblique, like 8 1/2, which you reckon reinvented cinema language, weaving in and out of memory, dreams, psyche, reality, putting the human spirit up on the screen, making you cheer, laugh, and feel connected to all humanity.

So why does CK leave you so cold? You wonder, 'What's wrong with me? Am I stupid or something?'

Your borrowed DVD copy gathers dust (notice how the lender never asks for it back?), taunting your unquiet mind: "You must watch me: I'm the greatest film of all time!" But you shudder at the thought. Life's too short and, after all, there's more engaging things to do - like scraping plaque off the dog's teeth.

Years pass. Finally, you can take it no longer. You think, 'To be a serious film lover I MUST watch Citizen Kane! Maybe I was too immature before - yes, that must be it!' So you gird your loins and sit - awake! - through the whole thing. The whole turgid, ponderous, dull, vacuous, plodding, dank catastrophe. It's even worse than you feared. An emotionally and intellectually empty story. Your average six year old can invent a more complex, engaging tale.

Genuinely puzzled, you ask people who name it as one of the greatest films of all time why they like it, and with barely concealed superiority that phoneys are wont to adopt, they wax lyrical talk about the haunting mystery of the final words, "Rosebud, rosebud". You notice there's no feeling behind what they say. They also talk a great deal about Gregg Toland's cinematography, with liberal references to "deep focus", and you appreciate this, you really do, the cinematography was damned fine, best thing about the movie. That shot which started outside the window then tracked back into the room was really cool. But you just don't believe a movie is made great by cinematography alone.

In all your inquiries, you never once hear the following phrase, spoken from the heart: "God, I love that film".

So here you find yourself, reading IMDb comments.

Well, let me tell you this: There's Nothing Wrong With You! You Are Right! It's Overrated Flashy Unintelligent Rubbish!

One day, perhaps (one can but dream), the coolest, greatest, most admired film being in the world will point out the bleeding obvious nakedness of this bloated Emperor, and the assorted film critics, film studies teachers, and others who need to be told what to think by an authority figure, shall squirm, and CK shall drop off the lists once and for all.

Until that great day, don't be afraid to speak the truth.

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