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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15 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Atlas Shrugged: Part I  »

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$4,300,000 (estimated)

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


$4,563,873 (USA) (13 May 2011)

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The first time we see Dagny Taggart in her apartment, as she's clicking on the television, a computer monitor visible at scene left is showing a black & white photo of Ayn Rand, the author of the book which is the source of this film. See more »


About 10 minutes into the film planes can be seen flying over the train. Trains, and not planes are the affordable form of transportation, as planes require oil based fuel, a commodity too expensive for the times. See more »


Henry Rearden: What are you doing with yourself these days?
Phillip Rearden: I'm working for Friends of Global Awareness.
Henry Rearden: I know them. What do you want?
Phillip Rearden: Money.
Henry Rearden: Doesn't everyone? Call my office first thing in the morning. I'll authorize a hundred grand for you.
Phillip Rearden: You really don't care about helping the underprivileged, do you?
Henry Rearden: No Phillip, I don't, but it'll make you happy.
Phillip Rearden: Oh, it's not for me Hank. It's for the benefit of the less privileged. You think I can have the money wired to my account?
Henry Rearden: A wire? Why?
Phillip Rearden: Well, the thing is, ...
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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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