6.0/10
1,255
37 user 4 critic

The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)

The rather eccentric (especially in her thinking) author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of those close to her.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
1,595 ( 9,898)

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Stars: Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, Anne Bancroft
Losing Chase (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Bacon
Stars: Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick, Beau Bridges
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Michael Paxton
Stars: Sharon Gless, Michael S. Berliner, Harry Binswanger
Hussy (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Beaty is a prostitute working out of a high-class London cabaret where Emory is a technician. They begin an affair encumbered by her job, his lack of money, and their pasts: Beaty has a ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Chapman
Stars: Helen Mirren, John Shea, Paul Angelis
The Hawk (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Housewife Annie Marsh suspects her husband might be The Hawk, a brutal serial killer. Complicating matters is the fact that she once was incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital. When she ... See full summary »

Director: David Hayman
Stars: Daryl Webster, Thomas Taplin, Joshua Taplin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

'Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged is a feature length documentary film that examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand's epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America.

Director: Chris Mortensen
Stars: John Allison, Clifford Asness, Rajia Baroudi
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton
Last Orders (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of old friends reminisce about their lives over the years after the death of one of their crew.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay
Red King, White Knight (TV Movie 1989)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The CIA hears of a KGB scheme to assassinate the Soviet General Secretary and enlists Stoner, an agent retired for 10 years, to go to Russia to investigate. He verifies the plot, but then ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Tom Skerritt, Max von Sydow, Helen Mirren
Cal (1984)
Drama | Thriller | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Donal McCann
Miss Julie (TV Movie 1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A televised Royal Shakespeare Company production of August Strindberg's classic play. Miss Julie (Helen Mirren), a 19th century aristocrat's daughter, is attracted to one of the servants in her father's house.

Directors: John Glenister, Robin Phillips
Stars: Helen Mirren, Donal McCann, Heather Canning
Georgetown (TV Movie 2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Annabelle Garrison is a Washington hostess and newspaper mogul. Though she married into her wealth and position she is also a shrewd businesswoman. Her husband recognized this when he left ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Winant
Stars: Helen Mirren, Fred Ward, Joanna Going
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Nathaniel Branden
...
Barbara Branden
...
Frank O'Connor
...
Caroline
Tom McCamus ...
Richard
...
Alfred
David Ferry ...
Interviewer
Donald Carrier ...
David
...
Henry
Elyssa Livergant ...
Naomi
Christopher Marren ...
Aaron (as Chris Marren)
Jennifer Gould ...
Janet
Robert Thomas ...
Security Guard
John Lefebvre ...
Funeral Director
Edit

Storyline

The novelist Ayn Rand engaged in an affair with a psychologist 25 years her junior by the name of Nathaniel Branden. Branden built up an institute to spread Rand's ideas, but the two eventually had a falling out. This is the story of the affair, based on the book by Branden's wife, Barbara. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

27 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pasión de Ayn Rand  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film takes place in 1951, 1957, 1964, 1981 and 1982. See more »

Goofs

Alfred Tells Nathaniel about the new book Ayn Rand is working on, "Atlas Shrugged". The working title for that book was "The Strike". It didn't become "Atlas Shrugged" until in 1956 when Rand's husband suggested that title. See more »

Quotes

Ayn Rand: Tell me your principles.
Nathaniel Branden: To think for myself. To reach my own conclusions. To seek truth, wherever it might lead.
See more »

Connections

References The King of Kings (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

A Perfect Day / I Love You Truly
Arranged by John Godfrey & Jimmy Stewart
Provided by Associated Production Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Helen Mirren's performance
29 March 1999 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I agree with Wayne Tolmachoff's review, published here, and with director Christopher Menaul's statement that Ayn Rand probably would have been horrified by the intimate nature of Barbara Branden's fascinating biography of this highly individual and talented novelist/philosopher. I enjoyed and suffered along with Peter Fonda as Rand's pleasant but invisible husband Frank O'Connor and thought that the entire cast was commendable. Unfortunately, the captivating and powerful performance delivered by Helen Mirren in the title role hasn't been mentioned. Critic Geoffrey Gilmore wrote "...it's impossible to conceive of another actress playing Rand" and indeed, who but Mirren is capable of conveying Ayn Rand's sensual intensity and penetrating intelligence, not to mention heavy Russian accent? Helen Mirren shows, through the subtlest of gestures and expressions, Rand's extreme emotional repression and tyrannical control of the people around her. At the same time, Mirren's performance hints at the vulnerability, isolation and loneliness that Rand must have experienced as she destroyed or abandoned one important personal relationship after another. Whether you love Ayn Rand or hate her, this film makes a powerful impression.


45 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Movie not about her philosophy... IMage60
The Book that this was based on Zorro-3
Song at end of movie? chacowalla
Helen Mirren nowhere near ugly enough RamonCota1
Nathaniel Branden and Oprah AccidntlTourist
Discuss The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?