• Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane

Release Date: May 1st, 1941

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 2002

PG |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane's (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane's friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane's life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man's final word, "Rosebud."

Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Ruth Warrick, Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, George Coulouris

Director: Orson Welles

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Mercury Productions, RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

Distributors: RKO Radio Pictures

Keywords: 1930s, Quest, Rise, Office, Gripping, New York City, Dark, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    San Francisco Examiner

    Citizen Kane...has the best of everything: a great director and star, innovative cinematography, dreamlike - even nightmarish - art direction, a sonorous musical score, a skillful screenplay in which comic passages intensify the movie's tragic qualities by means of their grotesque juxtaposition (how lifelike!), a psychological / narrative form that predates our contemporary "psycho-histories" by at least 40 years, and best of all, a memorial word that, when spoken, recalls the film out of thin air. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Citizen Kane is a great motion picture. Great in that it was produced by a man who had never had any motion picture experience; great because he cast it with people who had never faced a camera in a motion picture production before; great in the manner of its story-telling, in both the writing of that story and its unfolding before a camera; great in that its photographic accomplishments are the highlights of motion picture photography to date, and finally great, because technically, it is a few steps ahead of anything that has been made in pictures before. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding. I have analyzed it a shot at a time with more than 30 groups, and together we have seen, I believe, pretty much everything that is there on the screen. The more clearly I can see its physical manifestation, the more I am stirred by its mystery. show more

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Awards

Nominated Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Nominated Art Direction (Black-and-White)
Nominated Outstanding Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Sound Recording
Nominated Directing
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Music (Music Score of a Dramatic Picture)