RKO 281: The Battle Over Citizen Kane
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RKO 281: The Battle Over Citizen Kane
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,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This hardly seen film is a great watch for ANY Welles fan."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"High-pulp look at Citizen Kane's genesis is stylish but shallow."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"...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..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Nitrate Online
"entertaining; Schreiber is excellent"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Excellent. Liev Schreiber IS Orson Welles."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
"Wonderful TV movie about the pressures and ego clashes and politics surrounding the making of Citizen Kane."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Liev Schreiber turns in a fascinating performance."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
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