1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. ... Written by
You've had their food, but do you know their secrets?
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20 January 2017 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Hambre de poder
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Opening Weekend USA: $3,404,102,
22 January 2017, Wide Release
Gross USA: $12,785,093, 21 April 2017
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $21,945,747
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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took piano lessons in preparation for the movie, after discovering the real Ray Kroc liked to play piano. See more
The first error that jumped out at me was the modern railroad crossing gates in the background of the "San Bernadino" scenes. In 1954, these absolutely did NOT exist. In 1954, many railroad crossings were simply signs ("crossbucks - in railroad parlance). Major railroad crossings in busy cities during this time were manned by a "crossing guard" - who came out of his watchman's shanty with a round black and white "stop" sign on a stick. It wasn't until the late 1960's and early 70's that the modern railroad crossing gates became the "norm". And it wasn't until the 1980's that the addition of the overhead "highway" red flashing lights at railroad crossings came into existence. See more
I know what you're thinkin'... What the heck do I need a 5-spindle for... when I barely sell enough milkshakes to justify my single-spindle. Right? Wrong. Are you familiar with the notion of the chicken or the egg Mr. Griffith, I mentioned... that there'd be costs. Well, I think it applies here. Do you not need the multimixer because, well heck, you're not selling enough milkshakes. Or are you not selling enough milkshakes because you don't have a multimixer? I firmly believe it's ...
During the opening/closing credits, the real Ray A Kroc is heard giving an interview about how he came to buy out McDonald's. See more
Featured in Film '72: Episode #46.5
In Spite of Everything
Written and performed by Larry Goldings See more