RKO 281

RKO 281

Liev Schreiber
Director: Benjamin Ross Cast: Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
, James Cromwell
James Cromwell
, Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
Benjamin Ross


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
UPC: 0883316453629
Original Release: 1999
Source: Hbo Archives
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 9,766

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Cast & crew bios; Language/subtitles and chapter selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liev Schreiber Orson Welles
James Cromwell William Randolph Hearst
Melanie Griffith Marion Davies
John Malkovich Herman Mankiewicz
Brenda Blethyn Louella Parsons
Roy Scheider George Schaefer
David Suchet Louis B. Mayer
Fiona Shaw Hedda Hopper
Liam Cunningham Gregg Toland
Lucy Cohu Dolores Del Rio
Kerry Shale Bernard Herrmann
Tim Woodward Jack Warner
Ron Berglas David O. Selznick
Geoffrey Hutchings Harry Cohn
Roger Allam Walt Disney
Jay Benedict Darryl F. Zanuck
Anastasia Hille Carole Lombard

Technical Credits
Benjamin Ross Director
John Altman Score Composer
Su Armstrong Producer
David Daniels [countertenor] Asst. Director
Clive Derbyshire Sound/Sound Designer
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Diane Minter Lewis Executive Producer
John Logan Screenwriter
Alex Mackie Editor
Joyce Nettles Casting
Tony Scott Executive Producer
Ridley Scott Executive Producer
Mike Southon Cinematographer
Chris Zarpas Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- RKO 281
1. Main Title/Orson Makes a Wish [4:14]
2. "Good Evening, Mr. Hearst" [8:57]
3. "Take My Hand, Mank." [8:27]
4. Genius at Work [5:58]
5. RKO 281 Begins [7:13]
6. "Come Back, Mank." [4:07]
7. RKO 281 Wraps [3:17]
8. The First Screening [5:22]
9. Hearst Strikes [10:11]
10. Pressure Builds [8:41]
11. Hollywood Vs. Welles [8:35]
12. End Game [11:29]

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