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Release Date:
2 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Two words whispered, two men dead... See more »
An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Not for Newbies - make this one of the last Welles pictures you see, and you'll love it. See more (56 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Gregory Arkadin

Michael Redgrave ... Burgomil Trebitsch

Patricia Medina ... Mily

Akim Tamiroff ... Jakob Zouk

Mischa Auer ... The Professor
Paola Mori ... Raina Arkadin
Katina Paxinou ... Sophie
Grégoire Aslan ... Bracco

Peter van Eyck ... Thaddeus

Suzanne Flon ... Baroness Nagel
Robert Arden ... Guy Van Stratten
Jack Watling ... Marquis of Rutleigh
Frédéric O'Brady ... Oscar (as O'Brady)
Tamara Shayne ... Woman in Apartment (as Tamara Shane)
Terence Longdon ... Secretary (as Terence Langdon)
Annabel Buffet ... Parisian woman with bread (as Annabel)

Gert Fröbe ... First Policeman - Munich (as Gert Frobe)
Eduard Linkers ... Second Policeman - Munich (as Eduard Linker)
Manuel Requena ... General Martinez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Vidal
Emilio Fornet ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Manolita G. Fraile ... (uncredited)
José González Talavera ... (uncredited)
Mateo Guitart ... (uncredited)
Gordon Heath ... Pianist (uncredited)
Gary Land ... (uncredited)
Vicente Martín ... (uncredited)
Sergio Mendizábal ... (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Mersen ... Uncredited (uncredited)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... (uncredited)
Sergio Orta ... (uncredited)
Carmen Rambla ... (uncredited)
Gustavo Re ... Italian police in Naples port (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Airport Control Tower Operator (uncredited)
Emilio G. Ruiz ... (uncredited)
Jacinto San Emeterio ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles 
Writing credits
Orson Welles (story)

Orson Welles (screenplay)

Produced by
Louis Dolivet .... producer
Orson Welles .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Misraki 
Cinematography by
Jean Bourgoin 
Film Editing by
Renzo Lucidi 
William Morton (uncredited)
Orson Welles (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Orson Welles (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Gil Parrondo (uncredited)
Luis Pérez Espinosa (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Orson Welles (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Arcadio Ochoa .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Francisco Puyol .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michel Boisrond .... production manager (uncredited)
Juan N. Solórzano .... production manager: Spain (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isidoro M. Ferry .... assistant director (as Ferri)
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as Jose Mario Ochoa)
José Luis de la Serna .... assistant director (as De La Serna)
Art Department
Francisco Prósper .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Enrique de la Riva .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound re-recordist (as Jacques Carrere)
Jacques Lebreton .... sound
Jaime Torrens .... sound engineer: Spain (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Rodier .... camera operator
Louis Stein .... camera operator
Félix Mirón .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Julio Ortas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Rafael Pacheco .... still photographer (uncredited)
Raúl Pérez Cubero .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Colette Cueille .... assistant editor
Lolita López .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Antoñita Moreno .... saeta singer (uncredited)
Other crew
Johanna Harwood .... script clerk (as Johanna Horward)
Jacques Laird .... researcher (as Jacqueline Laird)
Julio de Fleischner .... supervising director (uncredited)
Alfredo Ruescas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... production assistant (uncredited)
Billie Whitelaw .... dubbed voice: Paola Mori (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
93 min | France:95 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:98 min (TCM print) | USA:105 min (2006 Restored Version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Ultraviolet High Fidelity Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

"Mr. Arkadin" was created from three episodes of the 1951-52 radio program "The Lives of Harry Lime": "Man of Mystery" (AKA "Greek Meets Greek"), "Murder on the Riviera" and "Blackmail Is an Ugly Word". Arakdin is based mostly on the first of the three and centered on a character named Gregory Arkadian. Primary characters and set-ups are taken from the other two episodes.See more »
Miscellaneous: A shot near the end of the movie, with Raina resting her head on the steering wheel of her car, is extended by looping the film several times. This becomes obvious because a man's shadow keeps appearing and disappearing in a gate behind her.See more »
The Professor:Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else. Crooks aren't the worst people, they're just the stupidest. The fleas of the world.
Guy Van Stratten:And murder?
The Professor:My friend, after twenty thousand years, murder is still a business that's mainly in the hands of the amateurs.
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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Not for Newbies - make this one of the last Welles pictures you see, and you'll love it., 2 April 2004

To get the full value out of Arkadin, i recommend you only see it once you've seen most other Welles pictures, from the Good (Kane, Ambersons, Trial, Falstaff, Touch of Evil), The Bad... okay, they're all still interesting, i wouldn't call any of them bad, but some of them were more marred by production conditions (Othello, Macbeth) or cutting by the studio (Lady from Shanghai) than others. If you've fallen in love with Welles' brilliant pictures, seen the times when he wasn't able to realise his ambitions, and heard about all his unfinished films and seen the tantalising segments from some of them (notably, for me, Merchant of Venice and famously The Other Side of the Wind), you'll appreciate that we were able to see Mr Arkadin at all!

So while i know there is so much to admire in Arkadin, that each frame is aching with Wellesian visual beauty (which is closer to unusual/strangeness than classical beauty), i know that most people, especially Wellesian newbies, will find Arkadin inaccessible. The fact that it is quite difficult to follow, and its dialogue is often hard to understand, is made worse by the fact that its picture and soundtrack are in bad condition on all available video/dvd releases. The other notable thing about Arkadin is that it is available in different forms (like most Welles movies). Welles' initial Arkadin must have been quite disconcerting indeed. Like they usually did, the studio cut a fair portion of it, but still left it in its flashback form (which varies from one to two party scenes). Later on, someone, i don't know who, reordered Arkadin so it played out in chronological order. This is the version available for wide release in America, with Tony Curtis (for what reason i don't know) doing an introduction, and talking more about Kane than Arkadin. The only australian release of Arkadin at present seems to be the chronological one, so if i ever get my hands on the others i may write separate reviews on those.

And no it is not sufficient to sum Arkadin up as a poor remake of Kane. It has only superficial elements in common with Kane (mystery into true nature of old man, flashbacks), but visually it is nothing like Kane. I always put off watching it because i was upset by people's saying it was a poor man's Citizen Kane - but whoever said that can't have seen the same Arkadin i did.

For Welles fans there is so much to marvel at. It is one brilliant, original frame after another. I just couldn't watch it slow enough. I had to pause it about every ten seconds to wind back and watch something again and go "oooh" and "aaah." It also has sexy Patricia Medina and a great score.

Some favourite scenes:

The tracking back shot of Van Stratten (Robert Arden) going up the steps to Zouk's place (Akim Tamiroff).

The scenes of snow falling outside Zouk's place.

Every scene where Van Stratten is interviewing an eccentric character from Arkadin's past. All are such wonderful scenes. Especially the flea circus master scene.

The rocking boat scene is incredible. The sexual energy of voluptuous, erect-nippled Patricia Medina, stumbling around the room, giggling and taunting Arkadin as the rocking boat mirrors the shakiness of her drunken state.

There is a magestic tracking shot in the party scene, which takes place in a sort of ballroom resembling the Ambersons' ballroom, where i believe Welles almost made up for the studio's cutting up a similar sweeping unbroken tracking shot through the room in the ballroom scene in Magnificent Ambersons.

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