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Director:
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 »
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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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:G (re-rating) | 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 scene with Charles Bennett and the "chorus girls" was supposed to have taken place in a brothel, but the Hays Office would not allow it. That didn't bother Orson Welles too much, as he knew the brothel setting would draw their attention away from other elements of the script he knew they would object to, which was why he had introduced it in the first place.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Kane hovers over Jed Leland's unconscious form after Susan's horrible opera debut, the paper in the typewriter had a thumb mark in exactly the same place where Kane will grab it out of the typewriter a few seconds afterwards. Evidently they shot this scene at least once before.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Charles Foster Kane:Rosebud...
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Soundtrack:
It Can't Be LoveSee more »

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192 out of 263 people found the following review useful.
The march of time..., 13 August 2002
Author: Mr_Hulot from Boston, MA

Citizen Kane is majestic, elegant and noble. It begins at the end, we see a man of obvious wealth and power breathe his last, and then the mysteries of his life are unraveled via a series of anecdotes, barely remembered scenes and highly subjective memories. The boldness of this approach cannot be overemphasized. At the time that this film was made Hollywood was for the most part used to creating straight-forward stories with clearly identified heroes and villains. Kane dared to present Man as he is, rife with confusions, internal contradictions and uncertainty.

As the film progressed, we see Kane, loosely based on William Randolph Hearst, the famous newspaper tycoon slowly sacrifice his ideals in order to build his financial empire, losing his friendships with those who believed in him until ultimately he looses everything he has, his marriage, his friends, and his integrity. Though he is the richest man in the world he lives his remaining isolated in his privately built mountain estate where he has surrounded himself with material pleasures, alone and despairing, one senses that he welcomes death. The film takes the view that wealth and power are inherently destructive of human values. Kane himself states `If I hadn't been born rich I might have been a really great man.

What is so masterful about Kane is its ambiguity. We never are certain if Kane really did believe in the values that he professed. At the same time that he sets himself up as above the world, he longs for the affection of the common people. This is symbolized by his exploitative, and patronizing love for a chorus girl, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore). Her character is given a paper-thin characterization, the only obvious flaw in a nearly perfect movie.

Orson Wells gives a bravura performance as Kane, both identifying with and condemning the man. This film was his first venture into movie making after the infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast that threw America into an uproar. Wells, a child prodigy, had a background in Shakespearian theater, offering modernized adaptations of the Classics, a bold and unusual gesture at the time. He brought that kind of sweeping tragic romantic sensibility to his first film.

Unconstrained by Hollywood's traditions, he broke all the rules. The deep focus photography that gives Kane its theatrical look was one of his innovations. A mastery of sound, gained from years of working in the radio was another. Kane is an avalanche of technical innovation, unmatched in any other Hollywood film.

Despite the film's pessimistic outlook, it is studded by moments of joy, beauty and emotional truth. The supporting cast of characters, most of them regulars from Wells' Mercury Theater are also superb. Joseph Cotton is memorable as Jed Leland Kane's close friend who believes in him more then he does. And Everet Slone is wonderful as Kane's would be mentor Mr. Bernstien.

So many scenes in this movie linger forever in the memory, one is left with a stirring vision of the frailty of the human condition, the film gives us no easy answers and while being fiercely critical of many of it's characters is universal in it's compassion and sympathy, this is perhaps the most vital ingredient for great art.

Kane was one of the most controversial films ever made. Hearst, offended by his portrayal, offered RKO a small fortune to destroy the film. When that didn't work his newspapers embarked on a campaign of defamation against Wells, thus proving that the film's criticism of the power and corruption of the press were precisely on target. Wells was never given a free hand to direct how he liked again and American Cinema was deprived of the one of the greatest geniuses to adopt it as a medium of self-expression.

It's influence, was immediate, incalculable and mostly unacknowledged, the film was a box office and critical failure due to Hearst's efforts and it was not until years later that this film got the respect it deserved. Nowadays there is not one living film director of serious artistic intent that has not been deeply influenced by Citizen Kane. It's not just a masterpiece it's a creative touchstone.

Of course there were other talents at work in making Kane, Hermann Mankiewicz's efforts on the script were indispensable and Bernard Hermann, the composer most famous for working with Hitchcock provided the films beautiful music. Still, the film remains most obviously the work of Orson Wells, a veritable hall of mirrors reflecting the great artist's dreams, obsessions and fears. Citizen Kane is not just one of the great works of cinema it is one of the greatest artistic creations of the century

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