RKO 281
RKO 281 (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

This hardly seen film is a great watch for ANY Welles fan.

James Rocchi

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

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Sean Axmaker
Nitrate Online

...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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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

entertaining; Schreiber is excellent

Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily

Excellent. Liev Schreiber IS Orson Welles.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

Liev Schreiber turns in a fascinating performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Schrieber brings Orson Welles to life with a fantastic performance telling the story of making "Citizen Cane". There's much more drama and humor… More
Marion Ravenwood
I am an Orson Welles fan, so I found it really interesting.
Jeffrey Meyers
Having watched this directly after first experiencing Citizen Kane, I found RKO to be insightful, informative, and rewarding. Liev Schreiber was great as Orson… More
Wu Chouin
Very good movie about the making of 'Citizen Kane'.
Sean Gillespie
Another great HBO independent film.

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