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Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 15 April 2011 (USA)
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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$20,000,000 (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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On the cover of the Scandinavian DVD release, the title is misspelled as "Atlas Schrugged". See more »

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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 »

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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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Written by Steve Weisberg (Stove Proeber Music-BMI)
Performed by The Late Night Society Orchestra
Produced by Gary Gold and Steve Weisberg
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Loved it - entertaining and true to the book
7 April 2011 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

I am not in the film industry so maybe I didn't catch some editing issues since I thought the move was great. Ayn wrote Shrugged in such a cinematic way, it was great to see the sweeping landscapes, witty banter, and some steamy scenes come to life on the big screen. It was really great to see some beautiful scenes of the rail and steel industry.

The actors were excellent, especially the main characters. Bowler and Schilling nailed it.

Now, I'm a huge fan of the book, so I'm a bit biased towards the story, but I thought the movie was entertaining, paced well and held true to key aspects of dialogue and scenes. I think people will enjoy it even if they haven't read the book, and hope it inspires people to read the book.

From the sounds of it, Part 2 and 3 are a go and will be released Tax Day 2012 and 2013.


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