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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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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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Nothing To Shrug At; A Decent Film
6 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an "intelligent" movie which features business as its main subject. That might bore a lot of people, but this story was pretty interesting.

Despite a small budget and no-name actors it came across with high production values and good complaints there.

Taylor Schilling was good as the lead character, "Dabney Taggart," a strong businesswoman who isn't going to let - if she can help it - the government, unions or whoever else - unfairly bully her and the railroad company.

Grant Bowler also was good as Dabney's ally, "Henry Reardon," one of the few admirable characters in this movie based on the 1957 Ayn Rand book, which now seems very prophetic 55 years later.

There was a rumor that the sequel was not going to be made, but that is not true. I'm really looking forward to Part II of this story.

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