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The Founder (2016)

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The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

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John Lee Hancock

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Robert Siegel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Ray Kroc
Nick Offerman ... Dick McDonald
John Carroll Lynch ... Mac McDonald
Linda Cardellini ... Joan Smith
B.J. Novak ... Harry J. Sonneborn
Laura Dern ... Ethel Kroc
Justin Randell Brooke ... Fred Turner
Kate Kneeland ... June Martino
Patrick Wilson ... Rollie Smith
Griff Furst ... Jim Zien
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Jerry Cullen
David de Vries ... Jack Horford
Andrew Benator ... Leonard Rosenblatt
Cara Mantella ... Myra Rosenblatt
Randall Taylor ... Owner (Ed's Drive-In)
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Storyline

1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hambre de poder See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,404,102, 22 January 2017

Gross USA:

$12,785,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,945,747
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The pen used to sign up the franchisees is a Sheafer Imperial Sovereign - it was available as fountain, ball pen or pencil. See more »

Goofs

When Ray is in the hotel and starts playing the motivational record, about 30 seconds or so goes by. Then the camera tilts down to show the needle almost in the middle of the record. It would have been very close to the outer edge in that short time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ray Kroc: I know what you're thinkin'... What the heck do I need a 5-spindle for... when I barely sell enough milkshakes to justify my single-spindle. Right? Wrong. Are you familiar with the notion of the chicken or the egg Mr. Griffith, I mentioned... that there'd be costs. Well, I think it applies here. Do you not need the multimixer because, well heck, you're not selling enough milkshakes. Or are you not selling enough milkshakes because you don't have a multimixer? I firmly believe it's ...
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Crazy Credits

During the opening/closing credits, the real Ray A Kroc is heard giving an interview about how he came to buy out McDonald's. See more »


Soundtracks

Springtime Serenade
Written by Fritz Urban and Chris Streigler
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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A solid biopic made worth seeing for Keaton
26 November 2016 | by sossevarvoSee all my reviews

The Founder is another tale of the American Dream. It's the kind of tale we've seen a million times before. American man wants to become successful, sacrifices morality for moolah, etc. It's The Godfather, it's The Social Network, it's The Wolf of Wall Street. And The Founder, while entertaining, offers pretty much nothing new, or distinctive, to contribute. It is directed fairly conventionally, the story hits all the beats you'd expect, and it's not going to stick to your memory for too long.

But that discounts the fact that the film is rather well made. Performances are uniformly solid, and the film is undeniably compelling for much of its run time. But the real reason to see the film is the powerhouse performance of Michael Keaton, a neglected actor throughout the 2000s who seems to be finally getting roles that he deserves with this, Spotlight and Birdman to consider. He is slimy, charismatic, and curiously sympathetic in all the right ways.

In all The Founder may not light your world on fire, but it's a rock solid tale of greed and the American Dream that ought to entertain most that it meets.

Side Note -I have no idea why this is playing in Australia over a month before it comes out across the rest of the world, but hey I'm not complaining.


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