The Citadel


The Citadel (1938)



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Based on a novel by A.J. Cronin, this thought-provoking drama is set in an impoverished Welsh mining town. The story focuses on an idealistic young British physician and his wife who serve the tuberculosis-afflicted townspeople until the doctor succumbs to the temptation to make big bucks treating London's wealthiest clients.

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Critic Reviews for The Citadel

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

... still has considerable punch despite the placebo of a plot.

Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Picture is studded with many brilliantly human and dramatic sequences.

Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…
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.

Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…
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A gripping portrait of both idealism and its disillusionment.

Jan 31, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

With the exception of compromised ending, King Vidor's film is a good version of Cronin's novel, well acted by Robert Donat as the doctor and the the rest of the cast, including Rosalind Russell and Rex Harrison.

Mar 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Citadel

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

cody franklin
cody franklin

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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

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