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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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atlas Shrugged: Part I  »

Box Office


$4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$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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Mother Rearden: Another man would have given his wife a diamond bracelet if he wanted to give her a gift - for her pleasure not his.
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An exhilarating ride!
25 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been many years since I read Ayn Rand's iconic novel, but it all came back to me as I watched this movie unfold. Indeed, the characters have more depth and complexity in the movie version.

Most impressive is the production quality. I'm told this is a low budget movie, but it doesn't look that way. It is a visual treat.

The story line is true to the book but updated and set in a modern context that makes it feel fresh and exciting.

Every single performance is first rate, but the leads are truly standouts.

I can't wait for Parts II and III.

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