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Citizen Kane (1-May-1941)

Director: Orson Welles

Writers: Herman J. Mankiewicz; Orson Welles

Music Composed and Conducted by: Bernard Herrmann

Producer: Orson Welles

Keywords: Drama, Great Depression, Roman Clef

The life of publisher Charles Foster Kane, who in the pursuit of empire and power, sacrificed his youthful idealism. Told in nonlinear flashback, his dying word "rosebud" a mystery to reporters. Perhaps the most innovative movie ever to come out of Hollywood. William Randolph Hearst, the model for Kane, wanted it destroyed. Won Oscar for Best Screenplay; received 8 additional nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Dramatic Score. Entered 1989 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fortunio Bonanova
13-Jan-1895 2-Apr-1969 Citizen Kane
Ray Collins
10-Dec-1889 11-Jul-1965 Lt. Tragg on Perry Mason
Joseph Cotten
15-May-1905 6-Feb-1994 Jedidiah Leland in Citizen Kane
George Coulouris
1-Oct-1903 25-Apr-1989 Watch on the Rhine
Agnes Moorehead
6-Dec-1900 30-Apr-1974 Endora on Bewitched
Erskine Sanford
19-Nov-1885 7-Jul-1969 Citizen Kane
Everett Sloane
1-Oct-1909 6-Aug-1965 Patterns
Paul Stewart
13-Mar-1908 17-Feb-1986 Citizen Kane
Ruth Warrick
29-Jun-1915 15-Jan-2005 Phoebe Tyler on All My Children
Orson Welles
6-May-1915 10-Oct-1985 Citizen Kane


Joseph Cotten   ...   Jedediah Leland
Dorothy Comingore   ...   Susan Alexander Kane
Agnes Moorehead   ...   Mary Kane
Ruth Warrick   ...   Emily Norton Kane
Ray Collins   ...   Jim 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


Review by anonymous (posted on 18-Mar-2006)

Many people say that this is the greatest movies ever made. They would not be wrong. Citizen Kane defiantly is one of the best movies ever made. The film follows a young reporter (William Alland) who is sent out to find the meaning of a great newspapermanâs last word âRosebudâ. The newspapermanâs name is Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles). The reporter comes in contact with Kaneâs second wife Susan (Dorothy Comingore), his two business partners Jed (Joseph Cotten), and Mr. Bernstein (Everett Slone). The fil's ending will leave you speechless. With great writing by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, great cinematography by Gregg Toland, great editing by Robert Wise, and great directing from Welles, Citizen Kane is a must see for movie fans.

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