The Citadel (1936)




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Robert Donat stars as Dr. Andrew Manson in this adaptation of A.J. Cronin's best-selling novel. Manson devotes himself to treating the residents of a poverty-stricken Welsh mining community. Tuberculosis runs rampant in the village, and Manson is determined to help stem its tide and bring good health back to people who desperately need it. Through a series of unforeseen circumstances, Manson eventually leaves the community and begins working out of London, where he looks after wealthy … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ian Dalrymple, Frank Wead, Elizabeth Hill, Emlyn Williams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2009
MGM Home Entertainment


as Andrew Manson

as Christine Manson

as Dr. Lawford

as Mrs. Orlando

as Toppy LeRoy

as Ben Chenkin

as Charles Every

as Mrs. Thornton

as Joe Morgan

as Lady Raebank

as Mr. Boon

as Nurse Sharp

as Mr. Stillman

as Mrs. Page

as Dr. Page

as Dr. A.H. Llewellyn

as Jack the Pharmacist ...

as Nurse Assisting at C...
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Critic Reviews for The Citadel

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Though it has Vidor's favorite theme of personal rebirth and his enduring country/city dichotomy, it lacks his usual fire.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Picture is studded with many brilliantly human and dramatic sequences.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Top Critic

Sweetened with a happy ending, it's still an effective piece of work, thanks to Donat's typically sturdy performance and Vidor's powerful direction.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Time Out
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Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Citadel

Many of the early Hollywood films focused on the role of doctors and the choices that they made between becoming rich and aiding society. This was one of the better offerings.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Great flick. A solid story and top notch acting. I highly recomend this movie.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer


Brit Robert Donat gives a strong, Oscar-nominated performance in King Vidor's quite faithful adaptation of Cronin's best selling novel about the moral crisis of an idealistic doctor.

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