Review: ‘Rosebud’

Political tumult story, involving Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist kidnapping, is a bland and unexciting film. Peter O'Toole heads the cast as a Briton, secret agenting for the U.S., who sorts out the crisis.

Political tumult story, involving Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist kidnapping, is a bland and unexciting film. Peter O’Toole heads the cast as a Briton, secret agenting for the U.S., who sorts out the crisis.

An episodic collage of long sequences which cross cut between the yacht heist of five young wealthy girls, and the efforts of their families and police to track down their kidnappers. O’Toole (who replaced Robert Mitchum after shooting began) is recruited from his CIA cover as a Newsweek International reporter to locate the girls and the PLO group.

O’Toole’s is among the few strong performances, but that isn’t saying much. As a foreign policy document, Rosebud at least will not cause controversy, because as a motion picture, it’s a crashing bore.

Rosebud

Production

United Artists. Director Otto Preminger; Producer Preminger; Screenplay Erik Lee Preminger; Camera Denys Coop; Editor Peter Thornton; Music Laurent Petitgirard; Art Director Michael Seymour

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 126 MIN.

With

Peter O'Toole Richard Attenborough Cliff Gorman Claude Dauphin John V. Lindsay Peter Lawford
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