Top 5 Citizen Kane Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Citizen Kane facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Citizen Kane film message.

The audience that watches Kane make his speech is a still photo. To give the illusion of crowd movement, holes were pricked in with a pin, and lights moved around behind it.

A large cockatoo is suddenly transposed onto a seemingly normal scene and screams loudly. This was inserted into the film in order to wake up students who had fallen asleep during their film studies class.
A large cockatoo is suddenly transposed onto a seemingly normal scene and screams loudly. This was inserted into the film in order to wake up students who had fallen asleep during their film studies class.

Citizen Kane Hidden Details

The only time we get to see a clear shot of Kane's sled [rosebud] is during the flash back scene when he gets adopted. The name rosebud doesnt appear on the sled but can be seen in the climax when it is burned. This may seem like a goof but it was deliberate

Because of budget reasons, there are Pterodactyls in Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane poster
Citizen Kane poster

Citizen Kane Plot

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Citizen Kane. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Drama, Mystery
Director Orson Welles
Stars Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick
IMDB score 8.3