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Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersberg, Russia. She escaped to America in 1926 amidst the rise of Soviet Communism. She remained in the United States for the rest of her life, where ... See full summary »

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Narrator (voice)
Michael S. Berliner ...
Himself - Editor of Rand's Letters (as Dr. Michael S. Berliner)
Harry Binswanger ...
Himself - Professor and Friend (as Dr. Harry Binswanger)
Sylvia Bokor ...
Herself - Artist
Daniel E. Greene ...
Himself - Artist
Cynthia Peikoff ...
Herself - Friend and Secretary
Leonard Peikoff ...
Himself - Intellectual Heir and Friend (as Dr. Leonard Peikoff)
Al Ramrus ...
Himself - Writer and Producer
John Ridpath ...
Himself - Professor: York University (as Dr. John Ridpath)
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Himself - CBS News Correspondent
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Kay Gonda
Peter Sands ...
Dietrich von Esterhazy
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Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersberg, Russia. She escaped to America in 1926 amidst the rise of Soviet Communism. She remained in the United States for the rest of her life, where she became a much respected author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The themes of freedom and individualism were to be her life's passion, and would win her a devoted following among readers. Her books continue to sell over 300,000 copies each year. Upon her arrival in America, Ayn Rand applied for a screenwriting position at the DeMille Studios in Hollywood. On that same day, a chance meeting with DeMille brought her to the set of The King of Kings where she was hired as an extra for the film. But, it wasn't until her 1936 Broadway success, Night of January 16th, that she first achieved fame as a writer. The play, a courtroom drama that was tried before a jury drawn from the audience each night, had two endings for each verdict. Although a success, it was Ayn's first struggle to keep the ... Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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A Life More Compelling Than Fiction


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13 February 1998 (USA)  »

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$189,083 (USA) (2 October 1998)

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$209,244 (USA) (24 September 1999)
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19 November 2011 | by (Port Angeles, Washington) – See all my reviews

I find this film to be little more than veneration for a woman who claimed she had no time for veneration but was more than willing to have people worship her. Rand was a hypocrite. At the end of her life she took Medicare for her lung cancer which was due to her lifetime of smoking. Thats not even mentioned in the film. I gave Rand's ideas my full attention for some 3 months a few years ago and was intrigued by them before coming to the conclusion her ideas are badly flawed. I read the Fountainhead and a number of her essays but didn't get far with Atlas Shrugged, by then I'd had enough. I'm a geriatric nurse, and I meet many people near the end of their lives and I meet their families, and see the quality of their relationships (or lack there of) and I can tell you, consistently, its those who live and care for others and open themselves and receive the care of others who have the happiest lives. I see it again and again and again. There's a name for it, its called love. Rands "individualism" is suicidal for the individual, the family and society. I'm rating this film so low because it does little more than promote these ill gotten ideas.


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