Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Director: Orson Welles | Genre: Drama, Mystery

Released: 1941 | Runtime: 119 min

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Citizen Kane Quotes

  • Susan: Love! You don't love anybody! Me or anybody else! You want to be loved - that's all you want! I'm Charles Foster Kane. Whatever you want - just name it and it's yours! Only love me! Don't expect me to love you
  • [ first lines ]
    Charles Foster Kane : Rosebud...
  • Female reporter : If you could've found out what Rosebud meant, I bet that would've explained everything.
    Thompson : No, I don't think so; no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn't get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything... I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a... piece in a jigsaw puzzle... a missing piece.
  • Charles Foster Kane : You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.
    Thatcher : Don't you think you are?
    Charles Foster Kane : I think I did pretty well under the circumstances.
    Thatcher : What would you like to have been?
    Charles Foster Kane : Everything you hate.
  • Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.
  • Bernstein: [to Leland] Mr. Kane is finishing the review you started - he's writing a bad notice. I guess that'll show you.
  • Bernstein: A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.
  • Charles Foster Kane: Read the cable.
    Bernstein: Girls delightful in Cuba. Stop. Could send you prose poems about scenery, but don't feel right spending your money. Stop. There is no war in Cuba, signed Wheeler. Any answer?
    Charles Foster Kane: Yes. Dear Wheeler: you provide the prose poems. I'll provide the war.
  • Charles Foster Kane: I always gagged on the silver spoon.
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