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Senin, 09 Mei 2011

Alan J. Pakula - Rollover (1981)

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When the president of New York’s Borough National Bank is murdered in his office, banking troubleshooter Hub Smith (Kris Kristofferson) is sent in to sort out the bank's finances. When Hub sees the president’s wife, former movie star Lee Winters (Jane Fonda), being treated patronizingly by the board of directors, he supports her bid to become the new chairman. The two also become lovers. After obtaining a $500 million loan from Saudi Arabia to keep the bank afloat, they puzzle over why the Saudis do not withdraw the interest repayments. This leads them to uncover a plan by the Saudis to not 'rollover', or redeposit, their huge sums in the bank, and to withdraw all their money in cash all at once, something that banks will never be able to cope with and will end up bankrupting the Western world. Directed by Alan Pakula (The Pelican Brief).

Variety wrote:
Orion/Warner. Director Alan J. Pakula; Producer Bruce Gilbert; Screenplay David Shaber; Camera Giuseppe Rotunno; Editor Evan Lottman; Music Michael Small; Art Director George Jenkins

Jane Fonda
Kris Kristofferson
Hume Cronyn
Josef Sommer
Bob Gunton
Jodi Long

Although elegantly appointed and possessed of a provocative theme, Rollover is a fundamentally disappointing political-romantic thriller [from a story by David Shaber, Howard Kohn and David Weir] set in the rarified world of international high finance.

Coiffed and gowned to the hilt, Jane Fonda plays a former film star whose corporate big-wheel husband is mysteriously murdered. Bank troubleshooter Kris Kristofferson is called in to try to right the ailing firm, quickly begins consoling the widow by night as well as by day and soon accompanies her to Saudi Arabia to firm a deal for venture capital, which, while giving Fonda the board chairmanship, also hands the Arabs the final financial trump card.

Eventually transpires that the Arabs decide not to 'rollover', or redeposit, their huge sums in the bank, which sends the banking community, Wall Street and the entire international financial network into chaos.

It's a scary theme, and Pakula's previously displayed expertise at conveying pervasive paranoia triggered by massive conspiracies at high levels is perfectly in tune with the story's aims. But there's a certain lack of reality, cued in part by numerous melodramatic contrivances.

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 118 MIN.

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