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Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 15 April 2011 (USA)
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Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States.

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It was great to be alive, once, but the world was perishing. Factories were shutting down, transportation was grinding to a halt, granaries were empty--and key people who had once kept it running were disappearing all over the country. As the lights winked out and the cities went cold, nothing was left to anyone but misery. No one knew how to stop it, no one understood why it was happening - except one woman, the operating executive of a once mighty transcontinental railroad, who suspects the answer may rest with a remarkable invention and the man who created it - a man who once said he would stop the motor of the world. Everything now depends on finding him and discovering the answer to the question on the lips of everyone as they whisper it in fear: Who *is* John Galt? Written by Robb

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$4,300,000 (estimated)

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$1,686,347 (USA) (15 April 2011)

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$4,563,873 (USA) (13 May 2011)
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Rosamund Pike and Stana Katic were considered for the role of Dagny Taggart. See more »

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In the opening minute of the movie describing the economic turmoil taking place in 2016, there is a quick image of an article from Trinzinca dated "Sunday, 18 June 2016". However, June 18, 2016 will be a Saturday, not Sunday. See more »

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Henry Rearden: I'm curious... is it alright with you that I'm squeezing every penny of profit I can from your emergency?
Dagny Taggart: I have to get the Rio Norte completely re-railed in nine months or Taggart Transcontinental will crash.
Henry Rearden: They're doing their best to make it harder for you aren't they?
Dagny Taggart: Yes, but it's useless to get angry with people like my brother and his friends in Washington. I don't have time for it. I have to undo what they've done.
Henry Rearden: And after?
Dagny Taggart: After, they won't matter anyway.
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Followed by Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012) See more »

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Better Than I Expected
15 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was prepared to cringe at this Atlas Shrugged, universally panned by the critics for its low budget and no-name cast. Instead, I was pretty impressed. The story was faithful to the book, and the message and narrative clear, with the producers wisely sidestepping most of Rand's stilted polemics.

Yes, the budget did confine most shooting to interiors, but there was enough "big sky" material, railroad operations, and steel mill shots to give the film some scope. And the SFX and CG used in the supertrain shots, which probably absorbed half the budget, were worth every penny.

The cast, and especially Taylor Shilling, who played Dagny, and Grant Bowler (Rearden) did a great job.

Overall, I liked AS, and look forward to the sequels. I just hope the producers can raise the financing to make them.


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