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Mank (2020)

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1930's Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane (1941).


David Fincher


Jack Fincher (screen play by)
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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 33 wins & 188 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Herman Mankiewicz
Amanda Seyfried ... Marion Davies
Lily Collins ... Rita Alexander
Tom Pelphrey ... Joe Mankiewicz
Arliss Howard ... Louis B. Mayer
Tuppence Middleton ... Sara Mankiewicz
Monika Gossmann ... Fraulein Freda
Joseph Cross ... Charles Lederer
Sam Troughton ... John Houseman
Toby Leonard Moore ... David O. Selznick
Tom Burke ... Orson Welles
Charles Dance ... William Randolph Hearst
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Irving Thalberg
Jamie McShane ... Shelly Metcalf
Jack Romano ... Sid Perelman


1940. Film studio RKO hires 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles under a contract that gives him full creative control of his movies. For his first film, he calls in washed-up alcoholic Herman J Mankiewicz to write the screenplay. That film is "Citizen Kane," and this is the story of how it was written. Written by grantss

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When filming scenes set at night, the filmmakers used cinematography technique called "day for night" - a method by which scenes shot during the day were underexposed to simulate night. To achieve the effect, extra lights were focused on the actors' faces to ensure that they'd remain visible. Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried had to wear special contacts to protect their eyes and so they wouldn't squint under the heavy lights. See more »


At about 5:57, when Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) is talking to Orson Welles (Tom Burke) on the telephone, Welles turns his head, and the prosthetic nose used to make the actor's profile resemble the real Orson Welles is loose at the top, like it is about to peel off. See more »


Herman Mankiewicz: [referring to "Citizen Kane"] I hope, if this gets made, you'll forgive me.
Marion Davies: And I hope, if it doesn't, you''ll forgive me.
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Crazy Credits

The Netflix logos at the beginning and end are in full color, despite the film being in black and white. See more »


Referenced in Allen v. Farrow: Episode #1.1 (2021) See more »


California, Here I Come
Written by Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva), and Joseph Meyer
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Would have preferred season three of Mindhunter
4 December 2020 | by gabore9-428-222670See all my reviews

Very well made movie, great acting, but out of the more than 2 hour runtime I cared about the story for about 20 minutes. A lot of effort went into this, could have been about something a bit more interesting

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4 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Victorville, California, USA See more »

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