Variety - 12/09/1981
"...Elegantly appointed and possessed of a provocative theme..."
A political-romantic thriller by Alan J. Pakula and replete with favorite themes of large-scale conspiracy and paranoia, ROLLOVER is perfectly in tune with the director's previous work, although this time set in the world of international high finance. Jane Fonda, who appeared in Pakula's KLUTE as a call girl, plays a former film star who inherits an oil corporation when her husband is murdered. Fonda's search to resolve the financial problems of the ailing firm end up instead causing chaos to an entire international finance network. Kris Kristofferson co-stars as Fonda's financial adviser and romantic interest.
Description by Warner Home Video:
The widow of a murdered bank president and a maverick financier must prevent a crisis when Arab nations threaten to pull their funds from U.S. banks, thereby causing a worldwide financial collapse.
A perfectly groomed Jane Fonda (KLUTE) stars in ROLLOVER as a former film star whose corporate mogul husband is suddenly and mysteriously murdered. Fonda seeks the help of Kris Kristofferson (HEAVEN'S GATE) a financial troubleshooter, and together they try to expose the murderers and safeguard Fonda's finances. Kristofferson consoles Fonda on both financial and personal matters and the two travel to Saudi Arabia to broker a deal that will give Fonda the board chairmanship of her inherited firm. The Arab investors, however, pull a trump card on the pair, throwing the international financial network in an uproar. Conspiracy, political intrigue and big stars are at the heart of this film, as is true of a number of Alan J. Pakula's excellent films of the 1970s such as KLUTE, THE PARALLAX VIEW, and ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN.
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Theatrical Release: December 1, 1981.
This film marked Jane Fonda's next collaboration with director Pakula after KLUTE.
Life imitated art when Jane Fonda married media mogul Ted Turner (Turner Broadcasting Network, CNN) ten years after the release of ROLLOVER.
Jane Fonda's eminent acting family includes brother Peter Fonda (EASY RIDER, THE LIMEY) and late father Henry Fonda, the latter considered Hollywood acting royalty.
Fonda was very unpopular for a time for her protest against the Vietnam War, during which time she was dubbed "Hanoi Jane". However she won an Academy Award in the 1978 drama COMING HOME playing a Vietnam veteran's hospital nurse to Jon Voight's paraplegic.