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RKO 281 -- Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
John Logan (written by)
Richard Ben Cramer (documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane") (in part) ...
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Release Date:
20 November 1999 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane (1941), despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
Benjamin Ross 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Logan (written by)

Richard Ben Cramer (documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane") (in part) and
Thomas Lennon (documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane") (in part)

Produced by
Su Armstrong .... producer
Diane Minter Lewis .... co-executive producer
Ridley Scott .... executive producer
Tony Scott .... executive producer
Chris Zarpas .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Altman 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Southon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alex Mackie 
 
Casting by
Lora Kennedy 
Joyce Nettles 
 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
 
Art Direction by
Lucinda Thomson 
 
Set Decoration by
Tatiana Macdonald  (as Tatiana Lund)
 
Costume Design by
Stewart Meachem 
 
Makeup Department
Elaine Browne .... senior hair artist
Elaine Browne .... senior makeup artist
Lesley Noble .... makeup artist/hair stylist
Demelza Rogers .... hair stylist: dailies
Demelza Rogers .... makeup artist: dailies
Roseann Samuel .... chief hair designer
Roseann Samuel .... chief makeup designer
Aileen Seaton .... hair artist: Ms. Griffith
Aileen Seaton .... makeup artist: Ms. Griffith
Karen Turner .... hair artist (as Karen Z.M. Turner)
Karen Turner .... makeup artist (as Karen Z.M. Turner)
Christina Webster .... makeup artist: dailies
 
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
Tracey Gibbons .... post-production supervisor
Nigel Gostelow .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Daniels .... first assistant director
Toby Ford .... second assistant director
Barney Hughes .... co-third assistant director
Jo Schotting .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark Adams .... chargehand painter
Brian Aldridge .... dressing props
Matt Amos .... painter
Alan Bailey .... prop master
Alan Briant .... dressing props
Anthony Caron-Delion .... draughtsman
David Chappell .... carpenter
Liliana Cifonelli .... art department runner
Nick Connor .... art department runner
John Davies .... stand-by painter
Neil Dickson .... stagehand
Judy Ducker .... production buyer
Billy Edwards .... stand-by propman
Dave Fisher .... stand-by chargehand
Martin Foley .... art department assistant
Anthony Hill .... painter
Peter Hodge .... stand-by stagehand
Clare Holland .... scenic painter
Tony Hoskins .... carpenter
Paul Inglis .... stand-by art director
Graham Jones .... carpenter
Josh Jones .... stand-by carpenter (as Joshua Jones)
Mark Keene .... carpenter
Tony Knight .... props runaround
Clifford Lay .... stagehand
Nicholas Lloyd .... carpenter
Karen Long .... storyboard artist
Goggi Lund .... signwriter
David Martin .... stagehand
Sarah Millar .... construction accountant
Clive Mitchell .... carpenter
Nick Mollo .... dresser (as Nicholas Mollo)
Nick Mollo .... storeman (as Nicholas Mollo)
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter
Matthew Parsons .... painter (as Matt Parsons)
Brian Pickett .... stand-by rigger
Stelios Polychronakis .... graphic artist
Ian Ritchie .... carpenter
Stuart Rushbrook .... carpenter (as Stewart Rushbrook)
Russell Sargent .... carpenter
Geoff Stainthorp .... chargehand carpenter
Robin Thistlewaite .... construction manager (as Robin Thistlethwaite)
Keith West .... props runaround
Chris White .... carpenter
David Williams .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Nick Adams .... supervising sound editor
Gordon Brown .... dialogue editor
Sophie Cornet .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Cronin .... adr editor
Clive Derbyshire .... sound recordist
Mike Dowson .... sound re-recording mixer
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Michelle Greaves .... foley artist
John Griffith .... foley editor
Eddy Joseph .... additional supervising sound editor
Peter Margrave .... sound maintenance engineer
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
Mark Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Wrightson .... sound effects editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stuart Murdoch .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Begg .... visual effects supervisor (as Steve Begg)
Steve Boag .... optical crew: Cine Image
Martin Bullard .... optical crew: Cine Image
Angus Cameron .... digital effects supervisor: The Magic Camera Company
Rob Dunbar .... visual effects
John Goodinson .... designer: Cine Image
Charles Green .... optical crew: Cine Image
Robin Huffer .... 3D animator: The Magic Camera Company
Antony Hunt .... executive producer: The Magic Camera Company (as Anthony Hunt)
Rick Mietkowski .... effects cameraman: The Magic Camera Company
Rick Mietkowski .... rostrum cameraman: The Magic Camera Company
Lynn Perez .... Domino operator: The Magic Camera Company
Daniel Pettipher .... 2D digital supervisor: The Magic Camera Company
Ed Plant .... 2D digital artist: The Magic Camera Company
Matthew Symonds .... designer: Cine Image (as Matt Symonds)
Angie Wills .... digital effects producer: The Magic Camera Company
 
Stunts
Gabe Cronnelly .... stunt performer
Sarah Franzl .... stunt performer
Steve Griffin .... stunt performer (as Steve 'Street' Griffin)
Richard Hammatt .... stunt coordinator
Paul Herbert .... stunt performer
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kaiser Azim .... camera trainee (as Qaiser Azim)
Stuart Barell .... clapper loader: "a/b" camera (as Stuart Barrell)
Geoff Brown .... electrician
Micky Brown .... gaffer
Peter Casey .... generator operator
Giles Christopher .... focus puller: "a" camera
Alfie Emmins .... electrician
Danny Espey .... electrician
Jon Euesden .... electrician
Ian Jackson .... camera operator
Andy Kendall .... crane grip
Dean Kennedy .... electrician
Sam McCourt .... video assistant
Steve Mcleod .... best boy (as Steve McLeod)
Stephen Morley .... stills photographer
Michael O'Donoghue .... focus puller: "b" camera
Malcolm Sheehan .... key grip (as Malcolm J. Sheehan)
 
Casting Department
Louise Cross .... casting associate: UK
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting: Lyps Inc.
Kristy Sager .... casting associate: US
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Derby .... costume assistant
Ali Goss .... costume supervisor
Tim Guthrie .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Iain Erskine .... first assistant editor
Bruce Everett .... post-production consultant
Allan John .... laboratory liaison
Helen Paszyn .... cutting room trainee
Mike Stainer .... color timer (as Michael Stainer)
 
Music Department
John Altman .... conductor
John Altman .... orchestration
Matt Barr .... music assistant
P.J. Bloom .... music coordinator
Chris Dibble .... recording engineer
Andrew Glen .... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
The John Altman Big Band .... music performer: big band music
Evyen Klean .... music consultant
Tony Lewis .... music assistant
Richard Mather .... assistant engineer
Graham Read .... music preparation
Toby Wood .... score recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
Gary Birmingham .... transportation captain
Lia Bourne .... driver: artiste's trailers
Colin Bressington .... driver: standby props
Ravi Dube .... transportation coordinator (as Ravi Dubé)
Denis Greening .... unit driver
David Gwyther .... unit driver
Colin Jeffrey .... driver: camera truck
Townsley Knott .... driver: wardrobe truck (as Townley Knott)
John Morris .... driver: make-up bus
Enyo Mortty .... unit driver
Sean O'Connor .... unit driver
Simon Saunders .... unit driver
James Shawyer .... driver: construction
John Smith .... unit driver
John Tiny Topping .... driver: dining bus (as Tiny Topping)
Tony Wadsworth .... stand-by driver: construction
 
Other crew
Betty Ainslie .... assistant accountant
Colette Appleby .... stand-in
Tex Avery .... security personnel
Sam Breckman .... location manager
Roger Charles .... assistant accountant
David Church .... stand-in
Ginger Corbett .... unit publicist
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Richard Ben Cramer .... consultant
Piers Dunn .... unit location manager
Penny Dyer .... dialogue coach
Michael Epstein .... consultant
Tracey Gibbons .... assistant to producers
Julia Hallawell .... unit publicist
Ruth Halliday .... stock footage researcher
Ann Hummel .... archive consultant
Paul Jackson .... health and safety advisor
Bryan Jacobs .... stand-in
Carrie Johnson .... unit nurse
Ed Kashiba .... production associate (as Edwin Kashiba)
Debbie Kaye .... animal supplier
Thomas Lennon .... consultant (as Tom Lennon)
James Linton .... stand-in
Sharon Moran .... assistant production coordinator
Tom Moran .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Duncan Muggoch .... location manager
Hugh O'Conor .... assistant: Mr. Ross
Debbie Pelham .... catering assistant
Stefano Priori .... production accountant
Deborah Ricketts .... stock footage researcher
Megan Roberts .... floor runner
Quinny Sacks .... choreographer
Dominic Sakakini .... catering manager
John Sargent .... post-production accountant
Rob Seager .... assistant accountant
Paul Smith .... production assistant
Emily Stewart .... production assistant
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
Duncan Trillo .... magic consultant
Thomas A. White .... representative: The Estate of Orson Welles, Beverly Hills, California
Rob Wicks .... security personnel
Suzie F. Wiesmann .... production coordinator (as Suzie [Ford] Wiesmann)
Danny Wilde .... chef
Catherine Charlton .... dialect coach: adr (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anne Koch .... acknowledgment: excerpts from the radio play 'War Of The Worlds' by Howard Koch, copyright 1940, copyright renewed, courtesy of
Shelgren Kyra .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as Kyra Shelgren)
Don Ray .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"RKO 281: The Battle Over Citizen Kane" - USA (video box title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some graphic sexual images
Runtime:
83 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Louella Parsons is shown viewing the film, the actual soundtrack and original dialogue from "Citizen Kane (1941)" is heard.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Orson is sketching a picture during the orchestra scene, he draws a semi-circle around the head of a lone figure on his sketch pad. When the scene cuts to the next part, the circle is not there.See more »
Quotes:
William Randolph Hearst:My battle with the world is almost over. Yours is just beginning.
Orson Welles:Kane would've taken the tickets.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Song Of IndiaSee more »

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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The Kane Mutiny ..., 13 June 2005
Author: Merwyn Grote (majikstl@aol.com) from St. Louis, Missouri

The most remarkable thing about RKO 281 (subtitled "The Battle Over Citizen Kane") is that not only is it sympathetic to William Randolph Hearst and his paramour Marian Davies, but it also paints a less then flattering picture of film icon Orson Welles.

Every film buff worth his popcorn knows, or at least should know, the legend of CITIZEN KANE: Welles, the brilliant, but naive Boy Wonder, takes Hollywood by storm with his amazing and groundbreaking first picture, but falls victim to the tyranny of the cruel, thin-skinned billionaire Hearst, who tries to destroy the brilliant work of art. It is the David and Goliath saga of Tinseltown, with an art triumphs over commerce subtext. But the makers of this made-for-cable drama have opted to pull a switcheroo. Just as Welles bravely (or foolishly) challenged the legendary tycoon Hearst, RKO 281 rather courageously takes on the Welles legacy of the misunderstood genius. The results are gratifying, though the facts end up blurred all the more.

If there is, indeed, a villain in the whole CITIZEN KANE affair it would be screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (played here by John Malkovich), who acted as Judas to W.R. and Marian, while serving as Iago to Welles's Othello. It was, according to historians, Mankiewicz who took a catalogue of firsthand observations and casual gossip gathered as a favored houseguest of the Hearst household and fashioned it into an unauthorized biography/screenplay. And it was Mankiewicz who goaded Welles to flirt with professional suicide by pursuing the project in the first place and by changing a film about a generic millionaire into a tale rife with details specific to Hearst.

But RKO 281 ventures a different theory, suggesting that Welles devised KANE as an elaborate weapon of revenge against Hearst for having been insulted at a dinner party. One suspects that Welles' crime was more one of clueless indifference than vengeance, but the latter does make the film more dramatically provocative. Whatever the case, Welles clearly bit off a much bigger bite than he anticipated when he deemed Hearst's personal life fair game.

Ironically, Welles' folly may not have been his audacity to attack Hearst, who surely faced greater critics, so much as the director's unintended assault on innocent bystander Davies. What RKO 281 highlights is that much of Hearst's ire against KANE was based to his desire to protect Davies from an unflattering portrayal and public scandal; not an unfounded fear, it would appear. In KANE, Hearst is presented in a mostly sympathetic light, and it is Davies who comes off the worst. Indeed, her alter ego, Susan Alexander is the film's least likable and empathetic character, an exceedingly dumb blonde who evolves into a shrieking, untalented alcoholic has-been diva. No other character in the film is as cruelly one-dimensional. Ironically, it may have been Mankiewicz's gallant, albeit foolish, attempt to protect his friend Davies, that caused all the problems. By making Susan so extremely different from the much beloved Davies, Mankiewicz may have thought people would see Alexander as a pure fiction. But such is the power and fame of KANE that then and future generations were destined to accept the legend over the reality and assume that Susan and Marian are one in the same. (Further irony: RKO 281 finds Marian played by a very Susan Alexander-like Melanie Griffith.)

Though the film notes the irony of the muckraker publisher suddenly finding himself the victim of the type of tabloid journalism that made him famous, RKO 281 is mostly sympathetic to Marian and W.R., who are seen as the ones under attack. As played by Liev Schreiber, Welles is the film's villain, who, filled with arrogance and ambition, sweeps into town with an itch to make a reputation for himself and a willingness to exploit others to do so. His petty, pseudo-socialist rantings about the evils of the very rich seem hollow in light of his ambitious desire to exploit others fame and reputation to make a name for himself. It is a different, unflattering side of Welles, who is usually seen as the perpetually embattled artist.

Yet, the plot takes another twist. Welles discovers that Hearst in particular and Hollywood in general weren't willing to just kowtow to his genius and like George Amberson Minafer in his THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, The Boy Wonder gets his comeuppance. Welles becomes just as much the victim of his arrogance as RKO, Hearst, Davies and Mankiewicz.

RKO 281 is a slick and entertaining effort, but it does miss a golden opportunity. The film would have been so much better had it invented its own "Rosebud" to search for and imitated CITIZEN KANE's ambitious visual style and confessional mock-documentary narrative drive. RKO 281 is a very conventional movie about a very unconventional film.

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