The Citadel
The Citadel (1938)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 29, 1938
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter Goodman
New York Times

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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Great old-fashioned drama. Donat is wonderful.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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TV Guide

A gripping portrait of both idealism and its disillusionment.

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Variety Staff

Picture is studded with many brilliantly human and dramatic sequences.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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John Ballantine
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… More
cody franklin
Great flick. A solid story and top notch acting. I highly recomend this movie.