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A bit dated but still relevant...
The incomparable Robert Donat gives yet another superb performance in this film. He only made 20 films in his short career but each one is a gem. I am truly sorry he died at such a young 53, as I have no doubt we would have enjoyed many more sterling performances from him. Rosalind Russell, as his wife in this film, shuns her usual brashness and gives a very subtle performance as the woman who marries him for his ideals, stands by as those ideals are brushed away in favor of money but then recaptures them when his best friend is in an accident and a surgeon he had admired makes a simple mistake in trying to save the friend and ends up killing him. This storyline is about one man, a simple man, who makes a voyage of discovery through the medical profession, losing himself along the way but redemption at the end. I found the ending a bit too pat but the film is indeed worth watching.
- Mark Sutch
A superb rendition of Cronin's engrossing novel
- Curt Tow
Thanks to Amazon.com, which referred Cronin's book to me in 2007, I have embarked on a Cronin-reading binge which to date has included "The Keys to the Kingdom," "Shannon's Way," "A Song of Sixpence," and "Beyond This Place" - all of which have provided enormous pleasure. These works present protagonists who are merely human, with flaws and ethical lapses - as exemplified in the portrayal of the hero of "The Citadel." Donat scores yet again in his characterization of an idealistic doctor who after considerable setbacks becomes mercenary in his pursuit of material wealth and a higher social status. His portrayal is nuanced and highly effective and convincing. The film does differ from the novel, particularly with its optimistic ending; but a condensation of a lengthy novel to a two-hour film must involve the conflation of scenes and characters. This movie is very highly recommended.
The Citadel (1938)
This is such an inspiring and outstanding story, extremely well written, excellent direction. Robert Donat gives an amazing performance. The rest of the cast is great as well. Fine cinematography. A gem of a classic.
An exceptionally effecting film.
- Bernard Smith
This version of A.J. Cronin's wonderful book is well worth seeing. The film making technology is a little dated since it was made in 1938 but the story is timeless and the acting throughout is wonderful. In particular Robert Donat's performance is pure brilliance. Also superb are Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson and in a small but very skilled piece of acting, Emlyn Williams.