Rollover (1981)

Rollover (1981) - Jane Fonda

The most erotic thing in their life was money.

Lee Winters is the widow of the Chairman and primary stockholder of Winterchem Enterprises, a chemical company, who is attempting to obtain financing of the purchase of a processing plant in Spain, while trying to determine why her husband was murdered.

Apparently, her late husband discovered some damning information about an Account Number 21214, a secret slush fund involving asset transfers. Respected financier Hubbell Smith takes over as president of Borough National Bank at the request of First New York Bank chairman Maxwell Emery, in an attempt to have Smith discover the financial status of Borough National.

Smith discovers that the bank isn’t just in trouble, it’s essentially so insolvent that it can’t even pay its next dividend. It needs to find a customer who needs to borrow a lot of money and either loan the money or act as broker in the deal in order to raise some quick cash and stave off intervention by the Federal Reserve.

Rollover (1981) - Jane Fonda

One of the largest customers of Borough National is Winterchem, but because of federal lending limits, the bank “can’t loan them a dime” but conceivably could be involved in brokering a deal between Winterchem and some other lender capable of loaning the approximately $500 million needed to buy the plant, and the bank would receive a 1% finder’s fee for making the arrangement.

Smith becomes involved, both financially and romantically, with Winters in her attempts to finance the purchase of the petrochemical plant and in the discovery of the mystery of account 21214. They finally do so by brokering a deal with some Arab investors who take control of her stock as security for the transaction.

Rollover is a 1981 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson. The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Actor for Kristofferson.

Rollover Movie Poster (1981)

Rollover (1981)

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Jane Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Hume Cronyn, Josef Sommer, Bob Gunton, Macon McCalman, Jodi Long, Ira Wheeler
Screenplay by: David Shaber
Production Design by: George Jenkins
Cinematography by: Guglielmo Garroni, Giuseppe Rotunno
Film Editing by: Evan A. Lottman
Costume Design by: Ann Roth
Set Decoration by: John Godfrey, Carol Joffe
Art Direction by: John Jay Moore
Music by: Michael Small
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 11, 1981