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Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane (1941), despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.

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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 27 nominations.
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Cast

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Orson Welles
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William Randolph Hearst
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Marion Davies
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Herman Mankiewicz
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Louella Parsons
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George Schaefer
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Gregg Toland
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Louis B. Mayer
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Hedda Hopper
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Carole Lombard
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Walt Disney
Simeon Andrews ...
John Houseman
Bill Armstrong ...
Mr. Lewis (as William Armstrong)
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Darryl Zanuck
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David O. Selznick
Paul Birchard ...
Top Brass #2
Neil Conrich ...
Mr. Thomson
Michael Cronin ...
Joseph Willicombe
Sarah Franzl ...
Dorothy Comingore
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Script Girl
Louis Hammond ...
Flunkie #2
Aaron Keeling ...
Young Orson Welles
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Harry Cohn
Gareth Marks ...
Top Brass #1
Olivier Pierre ...
Sam Goldwyn
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News Reader
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Flunkie #1
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Paul Stewart
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Bernard Herrmann
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Jeweller
Tusse Silberg ...
Welles's Mother
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Sound Technician
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Jack Warner
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Joseph Cotten
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melissa Hartzel ...
Showgirl
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Butler
Bobby Valentino ...
Clark Gable
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Dolores Del Rio (uncredited)
Anthony Maddalena ...
Production Designer (uncredited)
Tim Packham ...
New York Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Benjamin Ross

Written by

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John Logan ... (written by)
 
Richard Ben Cramer ... (documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane") (in part) and
Thomas Lennon ... (documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane") (in part)

Produced by

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Su Armstrong ... producer
Diane Minter Lewis ... co-executive producer
Ridley Scott ... executive producer
Tony Scott ... executive producer
Chris Zarpas ... co-executive producer

Music by

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John Altman

Cinematography by

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Mike Southon ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Alex Mackie

Editorial Department

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Aaron Coot ... dailies operator
Iain Erskine ... first assistant editor
Bruce Everett ... post-production consultant
Allan John ... laboratory liaison
Helen Paszyn ... cutting room trainee
Mike Stainer ... color timer (as Michael Stainer)

Casting By

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Lora Kennedy
Joyce Nettles

Production Design by

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Maria Djurkovic

Art Direction by

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Lucinda Thomson

Set Decoration by

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Tatiana Macdonald ... (as Tatiana Lund)

Costume Design by

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Stewart Meachem

Makeup Department

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Elaine Browne ... senior hair artist / senior makeup artist
Lesley Noble ... makeup artist/hair stylist
Demelza Rogers ... hair stylist: dailies / makeup artist: dailies
Roseann Samuel ... chief hair designer / chief makeup designer
Aileen Seaton ... hair artist: Ms. Griffith / makeup artist: Ms. Griffith
Karen Z.M. Turner ... hair artist / makeup artist
Christina Webster ... makeup artist: dailies

Production Management

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Stephen Barker ... post-production supervisor
Tracey Gibbons ... post-production supervisor
Nigel Gostelow ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Daniels ... first assistant director
Toby Ford ... second assistant director
Barney Hughes ... co-third assistant director
Jo Schotting ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Mark Adams ... chargehand painter
Brian Aldridge ... dressing props
Matt Amos ... painter
Alan Bailey ... prop master
Alan Briant ... dressing props
Anthony Caron-Delion ... draughtsman
David Chappell ... carpenter
Liliana Cifonelli ... art department runner
Nick Connor ... art department runner
John Davies ... stand-by painter
Neil Dickson ... stagehand
Judy Ducker ... production buyer
Billy Edwards ... stand-by propman
Dave Fisher ... stand-by chargehand
Martin Foley ... art department assistant
Anthony Hill ... painter
Peter Hodge ... stand-by stagehand
Clare Holland ... scenic painter
Tony Hoskins ... carpenter
Paul Inglis ... stand-by art director
Graham Jones ... carpenter
Josh Jones ... stand-by carpenter (as Joshua Jones)
Mark Keene ... carpenter
Tony Knight ... props runaround
Clifford Lay ... stagehand
Nicholas Lloyd ... carpenter
Karen Long ... storyboard artist
Goggi Lund ... signwriter
David Martin ... stagehand
Sarah Millar ... construction accountant
Clive Mitchell ... carpenter
Nick Mollo ... dresser (as Nicholas Mollo) / storeman (as Nicholas Mollo)
Eddie Murphy ... carpenter
Matthew Parsons ... painter (as Matt Parsons)
Brian Pickett ... stand-by rigger
Stelios Polychronakis ... graphic artist
Ian Ritchie ... carpenter
Stuart Rushbrook ... carpenter (as Stewart Rushbrook)
Russell Sargent ... carpenter
Geoff Stainthorp ... chargehand carpenter
Robin Thistlewaite ... construction manager (as Robin Thistlethwaite)
Keith West ... props runaround
Chris White ... carpenter
David Williams ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Nick Adams ... supervising sound editor
Gordon Brown ... dialogue editor
Sophie Cornet ... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Cronin ... adr editor
Clive Derbyshire ... sound recordist
Mike Dowson ... re-recording mixer
Diane Greaves ... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Michelle Greaves ... foley artist
John Griffith ... foley editor
Eddy Joseph ... additional supervising sound editor
Peter Margrave ... sound maintenance engineer
Ted Swanscott ... foley mixer
Mark Taylor ... re-recording mixer
Paul Wrightson ... sound effects editor
Roberto Cappannelli ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Stuart Murdoch ... special effects
Dan Wright ... special effects assistant (as Daniel Wright)

Visual Effects by

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Steven Begg ... visual effects supervisor (as Steve Begg)
Steve Boag ... optical crew: Cine Image
Martin Bullard ... optical crew: Cine Image
Angus Cameron ... digital effects supervisor: The Magic Camera Company
Rob Dunbar ... visual effects
John Goodinson ... designer: Cine Image
Charles Green ... optical crew: Cine Image
Robin Huffer ... 3D animator: The Magic Camera Company
Antony Hunt ... executive producer: The Magic Camera Company (as Anthony Hunt)
Rick Mietkowski ... effects cameraman: The Magic Camera Company / rostrum cameraman: The Magic Camera Company
Lynn Perez ... Domino operator: The Magic Camera Company
Daniel Pettipher ... 2D digital supervisor: The Magic Camera Company
Ed Plant ... 2D digital artist: The Magic Camera Company
Matthew Symonds ... designer: Cine Image (as Matt Symonds)
Angie Wills ... digital effects producer: The Magic Camera Company

Stunts

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Gabe Cronnelly ... stunt performer
Sarah Franzl ... stunt performer
Steve Griffin ... stunt performer (as Steve 'Street' Griffin)
Richard Hammatt ... stunt coordinator
Paul Herbert ... stunt performer
Lee Sheward ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kaiser Azim ... camera trainee (as Qaiser Azim)
Stuart Barell ... clapper loader: "a/b" camera (as Stuart Barrell)
Geoff Brown ... electrician
Micky Brown ... gaffer
Peter Casey ... generator operator
Giles Christopher ... focus puller: "a" camera
Alfie Emmins ... electrician
Danny Espey ... electrician
Jon Euesden ... electrician
Ian Jackson ... camera operator
Andy Kendall ... crane grip
Dean Kennedy ... electrician
Sam McCourt ... video assistant
Steve Mcleod ... best boy (as Steve McLeod)
Stephen Morley ... stills photographer
Michael O'Donoghue ... focus puller: "b" camera
Malcolm Sheehan ... key grip (as Malcolm J. Sheehan)

Casting Department

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Kristy Carlson ... casting associate: US (as Kristy Sager)
Louise Cross ... casting associate: UK
Brendan Donnison ... adr voice casting: Lyps Inc.

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amanda Derby ... costume assistant
Ali Goss ... costume supervisor
Tim Guthrie ... wardrobe master

Location Management

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Sam Breckman ... location manager
Piers Dunn ... unit location manager
Duncan Muggoch ... location manager

Music Department

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John Altman ... conductor / orchestration
Matt Barr ... music assistant
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
P.J. Bloom ... music coordinator
Chris Dibble ... recording engineer
Andrew Glen ... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Isobel Griffiths ... music contractor
The John Altman Big Band ... music performer: big band music
Evyen Klean ... music consultant
Tony Lewis ... music assistant
Richard Mather ... assistant engineer
Graham Read ... music preparation
Toby Wood ... score recording engineer

Transportation Department

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Gary Birmingham ... transportation captain
Lia Bourne ... driver: artiste's trailers
Colin Bressington ... driver: standby props
Ravi Dube ... transportation coordinator (as Ravi Dubé)
Denis Greening ... unit driver
David Gwyther ... unit driver
Colin Jeffery ... driver: camera truck (as Colin Jeffrey)
Townsley Knott ... driver: wardrobe truck (as Townley Knott)
John Morris ... driver: make-up bus
Enyo Mortty ... unit driver
Sean O'Connor ... unit driver
Simon Saunders ... unit driver
James Shawyer ... driver: construction
John Smith ... unit driver
John Tiny Topping ... driver: dining bus (as Tiny Topping)
Tony Wadsworth ... stand-by driver: construction

Other crew

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Betty Ainslie ... assistant accountant
Colette Appleby ... stand-in
Tex Avery ... security personnel
Roger Charles ... assistant accountant
David Church ... stand-in
Ginger Corbett ... unit publicist
Bob Corff ... voice teacher
Richard Ben Cramer ... consultant
Penny Dyer ... dialogue coach
Michael Epstein ... consultant
Tracey Gibbons ... assistant to producers
Julia Hallawell ... unit publicist
Ruth Halliday ... stock footage researcher
Ann Hummel ... archive consultant
Paul Jackson ... health and safety advisor
Bryan Jacobs ... stand-in
Carrie Johnson ... unit nurse
Ed Kashiba ... production associate (as Edwin Kashiba)
Debbie Kaye ... animal supplier
Thomas Lennon ... consultant (as Tom Lennon)
James Linton ... stand-in
Sharon Moran ... assistant production coordinator
Tom Moran ... assistant: Mr. Scott
Hugh O'Conor ... assistant: Mr. Ross
Debbie Pelham ... catering assistant
Stefano Priori ... production accountant
Deborah Ricketts ... stock footage researcher
Megan Roberts ... floor runner
Quinny Sacks ... choreographer
Dominic Sakakini ... catering manager
John Sargent ... post-production accountant
Rob Seager ... assistant accountant
Phillip Small ... catering provider
Paul Smith ... production assistant
Emily Stewart ... production assistant
Heather Storr ... script supervisor
Katharine Tidy ... home economist
Duncan Trillo ... magic consultant
Thomas A. White ... representative: The Estate of Orson Welles, Beverly Hills, California
Rob Wicks ... security personnel
Suzie F. Wiesmann ... production coordinator (as Suzie [Ford] Wiesmann)
Danny Wilde ... chef
Catherine Charlton ... dialect coach: adr (uncredited)

Thanks

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Anne Koch ... acknowledgment: excerpts from the radio play 'War Of The Worlds' by Howard Koch, copyright 1940, copyright renewed, courtesy of
Shelgren Kyra ... the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as Kyra Shelgren)
Don Ray ... special thanks

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Coming to Hollywood as a celebrated boy genius featuring a spectacular career arc in New York including his radio hoax War of the Worlds, Orson Welles is stymied on the subject for his first film. After a dinner party at Hearst Castle, during which he has a verbal altercation with William Randolph Hearst, Welles decides to do a movie about Hearst. It takes him some time to convince co-writer Herman J. Mankiewicz and the studio, but Welles eventually gets the script and the green light, keeping the subject very hush-hush with the press. The movie is about an aging newspaper publisher who controlled his enemies as ruthlessly as he controlled his friends; and whose mistress was destined for fame. When a rough cut is screened, Hearst gets wind of the movie's theme and begins a campaign to see that it is not only never publicly screened, but destroyed. Written by Greg Bulmash

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Taglines The true, behind-the-scenes story of the making of the greatest movie of all time, Citizen Kane. See more »
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Also Known As
  • RKO 281: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (United States)
  • Citizen Welles (France)
  • Die Legende - Der Kampf um Citizen Kane (Germany)
  • Citizen Kane - Die Hollywood-Legende (Germany)
  • RKO 281 - tapaus Citizen Kane (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 86 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The size of the principal actors had to be modified for their roles. Liev Schreiber, who stands 6'3", had to bulk up to portray Orson Welles, while John Malkovich, who stands about 6'1" (a full head taller than the real Herman J. Mankiewicz), had to be made to look much slighter and smaller than usual. James Cromwell, who stands a towering 6'7", was surrounded by actors in lifts, as the real William Randolph Hearst was about 6'3" or 6'4". See more »
Goofs In 1940, Disney was not the major studio it was today. It had few major releases by that date, all animated and all of which were released through other distributors. The meeting of studio chiefs depicted in the movie probably did not take place- certainly not in the form shown- but even if it had, Walt Disney would probably not have been invited. (Samuel Goldwyn, also shown as present, had sold his share in MGM to Louis Mayer years earlier, but was still a major producer.) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000). See more »
Soundtracks I Can't Get Started See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Herman Mankiewicz: Was it worth it?
Orson Welles: I don't know. I can't imagine doing it any other way. I suppose it's just my character.
Herman Mankiewicz: It won't be easy having made your masterpiece at 26.
Orson Welles: Is that what you think - that I'm just going to burn out at the ripe old age of 26?
Herman Mankiewicz: All stars burn out, Orson. It's the flame that counts.
Orson Welles: [toasting] To the flame.
Herman Mankiewicz: To the flame.
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