Mr. Arkadin

1955, Drama, 1h 39m

27 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Claiming that he doesn't know his own past, a rich man enlists an ex-con with an odd bit of detective work. Gregory Arkadin (Orson Welles) says he can't remember anything before the late 1920s, and convict Guy Van Stratten (Robert Arden) is happy to take the job of exploring his new acquaintance's life story. Guy's research turns up stunning details about his employer's past, and as his work seems linked to untimely deaths, the mystery surrounding Mr. Arkadin deepens.

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  • Jul 08, 2014
    One Orson Welles masterpiece that I did love however was Mr. Arkadin or Confidential Report. This is just a crazy series of events brilliantly played out by Welles and the gang. Rich characterizations.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    A "brilliant disaster" is the perfect definition of this strange work.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2011
    I'm sure that this jet setting spy story could have came off a little bit better providing two things. The cinetography was awful, it looks like it it was made in 1942 not 1962. The voices are badly overdubbed. There may be a reason that Orson Wellles star faded after Citizen Kane. He comes across as a completely insane person. A man hiring another man to investigate himself reminded me of Angel Heart with DeNiro & Rourke. Anyone who has seen The Crying Game and loves Forest Whitaker's qoute about the Frog and Scorpion story - this is where that came from.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2009
    Unparalleled mystery with top-notch suspense. Welles expands his vision and technical abilities that were capable of confusing even those dumb turds that call themselves "critics" (the little review featured in Flixster is clearly written by a man who has no idea what he's talking about). Poetic when it isn't expected and terrifying in an exponential scale thanks to masterfully shot sequences, Mr. Arkadin is successful and landmark experimentation in any department. Marvellous! "Incoherent"? "Nonsense?" "An ambiguous mess?" "Failed narrative?" Jesus, people; get a brain! 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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