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The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 July 1949 (USA)
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Ayn Rand (screenplay), Ayn Rand (novel)
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Feature adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel about a young architect battling for his own artistic integrity.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Howard Roark
Patricia Neal ... Dominique Francon
Raymond Massey ... Gail Wynand
Kent Smith ... Peter Keating
Robert Douglas ... Ellsworth M. Toohey
Henry Hull ... Henry Cameron
Ray Collins ... Roger Enright
Moroni Olsen ... Chairman
Jerome Cowan ... Alvah Scarret
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Storyline

Individualistic and idealistic architect Howard Roark is expelled from college because his designs fail to fit with existing architectural thinking. He seems unemployable but finally lands a job with like-minded Henry Cameron, however within a few years Cameron drinks himself to death, warning Roark that the same fate awaits unless he compromises his ideals. Roark is determined to retain his artistic integrity at all costs. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The great best seller made greater on the screen by Warner Bros. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le rebelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,375,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ayn Rand wanted Clifton Webb to play the villain, but studio chiefs nixed the idea and Robert Douglas was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

When Dominique is taking the construction elevator to the top of the skyscraper, the camera (as if from Dominique's perspective) zooms in slowly to the top of the building but there is no elevator shaft. See more »

Quotes

Gail Wynand: I give the public what it wants - including your column, Mr. Toohey!
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Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) See more »

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What Might Have Been
11 May 2002 | by mrjarndyceSee all my reviews

This might have been, in fact, a great movie. Vidor directs with a sure and excellently paced hand; the visual elements are striking; and young Pat Neal is a raw marvel on screen. This is not a great movie because someone made the spectacular mistake of letting Rand write the screenplay. Thus, her objectivist philosophy is ludicrously masked as dialogue. Please note: I care little about her views themselves. I can admire a fine script and disagree with its message. But this is downright cartoonish. Dull businessmen say things like, 'Say, Roark, there's no point to trying something new!', or, 'Look here, old man, just go along with what the people like!' I don't exaggerate - it really is that overblown, and poor Gary Cooper looks awfully embarrassed when he has to defend his integrity in equally dreadful lines. A shame, all around. And not much in the way of promoting Rand's dream, to be sure. Who can subscribe to a movement with so inept a spokesperson?


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