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Rosebud (1975)

Renowned producer-director Otto Preminger captures international terrorism in this film about five teenage girls who are kidnapped from a yacht by the P.L.O. Stars Peter O'Toole and Richard Attenborough.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Erik Lee Preminger (screenplay), Joan Hemingway (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Larry Martin
Richard Attenborough ... Edward Sloat
Cliff Gorman ... Yafet Hamlekh
Claude Dauphin ... Charles-Andre Fargeau
John V. Lindsay ... Sen. Donnovan
Peter Lawford ... Lord Carter
Raf Vallone ... George Nikolaos
Adrienne Corri ... Lady Carter
Amidou ... Kirkbane
Yosef Shiloach ... Hacam (as Yosef Shiloa)
Brigitte Ariel Brigitte Ariel ... Sabine Fargeau
Isabelle Huppert ... Helene Nikolaos
Lalla Ward ... Margaret Carter
Kim Cattrall ... Joyce Donnovan
Debra Berger ... Gertrude Freyer
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Storyline

In a bold coup, a Palestinian terrorist group captures the yacht Rosebud and kidnaps the millionaire's five daughters on board. At first they demand film clips to be shown on major European television stations. Undercover Agent Martin is hired to hunt the terrorists down. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trivia

Director Otto Preminger's son Erik Lee Preminger wrote the screenplay. This was the only script that the younger Preminger wrote. See more »

Quotes

Edward Sloat: My next step will have to be even more violent. That's the law of terrorism.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits consist of a single screen that bears the title, the statement 'an Otto Preminger Film' the copyright by United Artists and an illustration designed by Saul Bass. See more »

Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Kim Cattrall
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Five Frightened Girls!
2 March 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Topical (for 1975) adaptation of a book by Paul Bonnecarrere and Joan Hemingway concerning five nubile young women from wealthy families kidnapped off their yacht Rosebud by an underground Palestine Liberation organization nicknamed Black September; the kidnappers, centered in Corsica, want retribution for the slaughter of their women and children caused by a Jewish millionaire involved in the illegal smuggling of arms. Peter O'Toole is barely present as a British correspondent (in a dopey hat) adept at mediating sanctions between terrorists and their targets, while the kidnap victims (in and out of their clothes) do the usual griping about their primitive holding conditions and the awful food. This type of globe-trotting espionage drama needed a gripping Bond-ian touch (or perhaps that of Pakula or Pollack). Director Otto Preminger is certainly capable of being in that class--and he hasn't lost his acerbic sense of humor--but he fails to sort out these complicated matters satisfactorily (the film has no sweep, and little sense of geographical placement). It's far from terrible however, and some of Preminger's asides are clever; his actors seem at half-mast, the narrative weakens as the picture progresses, but there's a fine music score by Laurent Petitgirard and interesting locales. The rest of the film's style lacks finesse. ** from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosebud See more »

Filming Locations:

Corsica See more »

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Production Co:

Oting SA See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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