The Magnificent Ambersons

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The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.


  • Joseph Cotten
  • Dolores Costello
  • Anne Baxter
  • Tim Holt
  • Agnes Moorehead
  • Ray Collins
  • Erskine Sanford
  • Richard Bennett
  • Orson Welles
  • Edwin August

Did You Know?


  • Sets were re-used by Val Lewton in Cat People (1942) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944) to help save production costs resulting from a ridiculously small budget.
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  • In the scene where Lucy and George say goodbye while walking down the street, Lucy's hair is pulled behind her neck. In closeup, as she watches George leave, her hair is in ringlets hanging in front of shoulders, then reverts to the original hairdo when she goes into the pharmacy.
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    • Narrator: Something had happened. A thing which, years ago, had been the eagerest hope of many, many good citizens of the town, and now it had come at last; George Amberson Minafer had got his comeuppance. He got it three times filled, and running over. But those who had so longed for it were not there to see it, and they never knew it. Those who were still living had forgotten all about it and all about him.
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The bold cinematic techniques Welles employed in Citizen Kane are put to even more sophisticated use here.

Josh Larsen

It retains the occasional power to mesmerize and amaze.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli

It's a tragedy that someone else' happy ending is tacked onto his tale, but the film retains enough brilliance to make us glad it's been re-released.

Metacritic review by Kim Newman
Kim Newman