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RKO 281 (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  20 November 1999 (USA)
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Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane (1941), despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.

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Coming to Hollywood as a celebrated boy genius featuring a spectacular career arc in New York including his "War of the Worlds" radio hoax, Orson Welles is stymied on the subject for his first film. After a dinner party at Hearst Castle, during which he has a verbal altercation with Hearst, Welles decides to do a movie about Hearst. It takes him some time to convince co-writer Herman Mankiewicz and the studio, but Welles eventually gets the script and the green light, keeping the subject very hush-hush with the press. When a rough cut is screened, Hearst gets wind of the movie's theme and begins a campaign to see that it is not only never publicly screened, but destroyed. Written by Greg Bulmash <greg@imdb.com>

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Rated R for language and some graphic sexual images | See all certifications »

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On the script are various other narratives of Orson Welles' work with his Mercury Theatre and his move from New York plays to Hollywood movies (mostly under the supposed "VOICE" character). See more »

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In the formal dinner in which Welles is a guest of Hearst, Welles reveals his purpose for filming a movie about a famous bull-fighter. He says he was a child when he sat on the knee of Manolete, the most famous Spanish bull-fighter at that time. Actually, Manolete began his career in 1931, when Orson was sixteen. See more »

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Orson Welles: Who are these men you're afraid of? WHo are these tiny fucking men? They're accountants.
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References Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) See more »

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Music by Bernard Herrmann
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strong lead performances make RKO quite good
18 January 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

i really liked this movie, even the bits with Melanie Griffith's which is something. I appreciate that people who are familiar with wells work might be a little bit more critical of the piece but i thought it was super. Liev Screiber was outstanding in the lead because he chose to play Wells as a man as opposed to simply doing an impression of an already famous face. He made Wells sympathetic and compelling even though lets face it, as the movie presents it hes not really that likable a man. Id definitely recommend it to any Liev Schreiber fans. Hearst is also presented as an unlikeable character, but Cromwell plays him with great dignity that you almost feel sorry for him.


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