RKO 281 Review
By Christopher Null
Not terribly compelling but interesting for Welles and Kane buffs, RKO 281 (the production number of Citizen Kane during filming) dramatizes the ups and downs of a brash Orson Welles and his clash with William Randolph Hearst, the man on whom Kane was based. RKO 281 adds little to the Kane mythology, though the real origin of "Rosebud" is something I'll always cherish.
See also The Battle Over Citizen Kane for the straight documentary version.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Saturday 20th November 1999
Distributed by: HBO Video
Production compaines: HBO Pictures, WGBH, Scott Free Productions, Labrador Films, BBC Films
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 1
Cast & Crew
Starring: Liev Schreiber as Orson Welles, James Cromwell as William Randolph Hearst, Melanie Griffith as Marion Davies, John Malkovich as Herman Mankiewicz, Brenda Blethyn as Louella Parsons, Roy Scheider as George Schaefer, Liam Cunningham as Gregg Toland, David Suchet as Louis B. Mayer, Fiona Shaw as Hedda Hopper, Anastasia Hille as Carole Lombard, Roger Allam as Walt Disney, Simeon Andrews as John Houseman