Starring: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke, Joseph Cross, Jamie McShane, Toby Leonard Moore, Monika Grossman, Jeff Harms, Leven Rambin
Netflix’s bio-drama directed by David Fincher and written by his father, Jack Finch. The story centers on alcoholic critic and screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane and the problems that arose with Orson Welles (Tom Burke) during production and leading up to the film’s release.
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We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.
Orson Welles: Mank, it’s Orson Wells.
Herman Mankiewicz: Of course it is.
Orson Welles: I think it’s time we talked.
John Houseman: What is it a writer says? “Tell the story you know.”
Marion Davies: Herman Mankiewicz: Make yourself at home, Mr. Mankiewicz. Or shall I call you Herman?
Herman Mankiewicz: Please, call me Mank.
Marion Davies: This is Herman Mankiewicz, but we have to call him Mank.
William Randolph Hearst: Mankiewicz? Herman Mankiewicz. New York playwright and drama critic?
Herman Mankiewicz: Turned humble screenwriter, Mr. Hearst.
Louis B. Mayer: This is a business where the buyer gets nothing for his money but a memory. What he bought still belongs to the man he who sold it. That’s the real magic of the movies.
Herman Mankiewicz: Thunder, lightning, blood, fire, religion.
David O. Selznick: All in one film?
Herman Mankiewicz: That’s director-proof.
William Randolph Hearst: That’s why I always want Mank around.
Joseph Mankiewicz: I hear you’re hunting dangerous game.
Herman Mankiewicz: This is different. This is about someone.
Herman Mankiewicz: God bless William Randolph Hearst.
Orson Welles: Ready and willing to hunt the great white whale.
Herman Mankiewicz: Just call me Ahab.
John Houseman: At this rate, you will never finish.
Herman Mankiewicz: You said, ninety days. Welles said sixty. I’m doing the best I can.
Sara Mankiewicz: I’ve put up with your suicidal drinking. Your compulsive gambling. Your silly platonic affairs. You owe me, Herman.
Louis B. Mayer: [to Mank] Who do you think you are? You’re nothing but a court jester.
Herman Mankiewicz: What I want to know is what you think of it.
John Houseman: It’s a bit of a jumble. A collection of fragments that leap around in the time like Mexican jumping beans.
Herman Mankiewicz: Welcome to my mind, old sock.
Joseph Mankiewicz: [referring to Hearst] Him, I get. But what did Marion ever do to deserve this?
Herman Mankiewicz: It’s not her! Not all characters are headliners. Some are secondary.
Joseph Mankiewicz: You pick a fight with Willie, you are finished. Mayer can’t save you. Nobody can. Especially the boy genius from New York.
Orson Welles: I removed any distraction, eliminated every excuse. Your family, your cronies, liquor. I gave you a second chance.
Herman Mankiewicz: You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.
John Houseman: Why Hearst? Outside his own blonde Betty Boop, you were always his favorite dinner partner.
Herman Mankiewicz: Are you familiar with the parable of the organ grinder’s monkey?
Marion Davies: Nobody, but nobody makes a monkey out of William Randolph Hearst!
Herman Mankiewicz: You made yourself court jester.
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