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When RKO Pictures began work on production number 281, no one could have imagined that they were making perhaps the greatest American film of all time. But the moment Orson Welles (played by Liev Schreiber) announced that he intended to make a film based on the life of tyranical multi-millionaire publisher William Randolph Hearst (James Cromwell), they knew that they had trouble on their hands. Welles, the enfant terrible of American theater and a household name thanks to his infamous radio adaptation of H.G. Wells's '+The War Of The Worlds,' was signed to direct films for RKO, and he was given an unusually free hand to make whatever sort of film he wanted. But what Welles didn't count on was the power of Hearst to keep his film from being seen. RKO 281 is based on the true story of the making of Citizen Kane and the war of words between Welles and Hearst. It also stars Melanie Griffith as Hearst's mistress Marion Davies, John Malkovich as screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Brenda Blethyn as Hearst's movie columnist Louella Parsons, and Roy Scheider as George Schaefer.
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CRITICS OF "RKO 281"
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Kalamazoo Gazette

March 11, 2005

entertaining; Schreiber is excellent
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TheMovieChicks.com

July 26, 2002

Liev Schreiber turns in a fascinating performance.
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Nitrate Online
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July 24, 2001

...factual details aside, Ross and Logan make the history live. "RKO 281" is no Citizen Kane... but in its own way it pays homage to Welles and his film...
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Blunt Review

April 08, 2005

This hardly seen film is a great watch for ANY Welles fan.
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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

October 19, 2004

Wonderful TV movie about the pressures and ego clashes and politics surrounding the making of Citizen Kane.
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Fantastica Daily

August 09, 2002

Excellent. Liev Schreiber IS Orson Welles.
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Netflix
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November 07, 2002

High-pulp look at Citizen Kane's genesis is stylish but shallow.
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