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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Richard Attenborough, Cliff Gorman, Claude Dauphin, John V Lindsay
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jan. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHOE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,057 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Political thriller directed by Otto Preminger. When the yacht 'Rosebud' is stormed by Palestinian terrorists, the daughters of five millionaires are taken hostage and held to ransom. Led by Islamic convert Edward Sloat (Richard Attenborough), the Black September group hold the girls in an underground prison. The man given the task of rescuing them is undercover agent Larry Martin (Peter O'Toole). The film also stars Peter Lawford and Kim Cattrall in her movie debut.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
It's never a good idea to have a movie title referencing a film critics constantly hail as the greatest ever made, but despite its place in the original 50 Worst Movies of All Time, Otto Preminger's Rosebud is more mediocre than disastrous. Based on one of those doorstop novels that people buy at airports to while away long haul flights, it's a tension-free thriller that never thrills, with Black September kidnapping five girls from wealthy families (Isabelle Huppert, Kim Cattrall and Lalla Ward among them) from the yacht of the title and setting a series of demands more to do with gaining publicity than concessions - or at least at first. Peter O'Toole is the Newsweek journalist-cum-mercenary hired to resolve the crisis behind the scenes, which involves trips to Paris, West Germany, Lebanon and Corsica but not a great deal of activity that could be described as particularly exciting or cinematic. But then this is a film that doesn't do exciting, offering few potentially suspenseful or exciting sequences that are handled in such a matter of fact way that you might as well be watching a documentary on basket weaving: the initial kidnap, the final rescue of the girls and even the kidnapping of the terrorist leader by Israeli commandoes are all as flat as a pancake.

This time round Otto had trouble assembling his traditional all-star cast, with O'Toole a late replacement for Robert Mitchum after he fell out with the despotic director on the set taking centre stage and the more familiar faces, like Richard Attenborough's lisping fundamentalist convert and Raf Vallone, Peter Lawford and former New York Mayor John V. Lindsey only popping up briefly with the more substantial supporting roles going to the likes of Claude Dauphin, Cliff Gorman and Amidou.
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Five young girls are kidnapped off a luxury yacht by the Palestinian Liberation Army. An international hunt ensues. The worst thing a spy thriller can be is dull and this mess of a movie manages to achieve that in spades. With a plot veering off in all manner of directions, O’Toole doesn’t even attempt to look interested in the proceedings and Attenborough is all wrong as the big baddie.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NoWireHangers on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
Five young girls, daughters of rich and powerful businessmen, are kidnapped from the yacht "Rosebud" ("I think it had something to with a movie", one of the girls comments on the name) by palestinian terrorists and taken to a secret location. The terrorists demand that a film be shown on TV in several countries in order for one of the girls to be released. They then continue with further damnds while one of the fathers hires Larry Martin, osensibly a Newsweek-reporter but actually a CIA agent, to find the girls.

The story, apparently based on a novel, is not original but it has the ingredients for a great fun, suspenseful thriller. But Rosebud isn't great fun or suspenseful. It's not awful, as some have said (Leonard Maltin gave it his lowest "BOMB" rating), but it's just not particularly good. I'm afraid this movie was made worse by some Hollywood nepotism; as far as I can tell the main problem is the screenplay, which was written by director Otto Preminger's son, Erik Lee Preminger (who's written no other movies before or since). The film fails to create suspense and the plot suffers somewhat from lack of focus with too many things going on that doesn't really seem to be very relevant to the main plot. Some fault may also be on the director, although Otto Preminger has certainly proven himself capable of directing great movies (but also real stinkers, like "Skidoo").

The film has some familiar faces, but the acting is overall average with some below-average performances, especially among the actors playing terrorists.
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By james mcewan on 2 Nov. 2014
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great film thankyou
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raymund Kennel on 13 Mar. 2009
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I read the book several times....and was disappointed about the motion picture. POT sadly unsuited for that role (too playful)....apart from that movie is ok.
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