Citizen Kane (1941)

Directed by
Orson Welles

Considered by thousands to be the best film of all time, this movie tells the story of multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles).

When Kane dies dies alone in his lavish mansion, Xanadu, he speaks a single word while droping a snow-scene ball which he was examining at the time. The word was "Rosebud".

In a desperate attempt to find the meaning of the word, a newsreel reporter called Jebediah Leland (Joseph Cotten) tracks down all the people he worked and lived with.

The friends and colleagues tell their stories which is shown to us in a series of flashbacks that details how Kane amassed his fortune and turning full circle at the end.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 119 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1941

5/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Black and White

When is Citizen Kane next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Four May 19th, 9:00pm. See more...


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...Signor Matiste
Gus Schilling...The Headwaiter
Philip Van Zandt...Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus...Bertha Anderson
Harry Shannon...Kane's Father
Sonny Bupp...Charles Foster Kane III
Buddy Swan...Kane age eight
Image for Orson WellesOrson Welles...Charles Foster Kane