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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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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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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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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Ayn Rand only agreed to make her book into a movie if the director promised that everything she wrote would make it into the final product. See more »

Goofs

Howard shatters Dominique's slightly damaged fireplace slab with a chisel and says, "Now it's broken and has to be replaced." When Dominique asks Howard if he can replace it, the next shot of Howard shows him kneeling in front of the not-yet shattered marble slab. See more »

Quotes

Henry Cameron: I told them that the form of a building must follow its function.
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Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #10.11 (1976) See more »

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On a lighter note...
16 March 2003 | by bubba444-1See all my reviews

All pretentious blather about the deeper meaning of Rand's writing aside....

This is a MUST SEE just for the expressions on Patricia Neal's face every time she lays eyes on Gary Cooper. Oh, her eyes bug out, she leans forward like she's about to leap off a building - it's priceless! I watched this with my 70 year old Mom recently, and we were both ROLLING! That poor Patricia Neal character, at one moment so calm and cynical, suddenly turns into a RABID, LUSTING BEAST!! TOO FUNNY!!!

So, all you smart, educated people, was Ms. Rand saying that women are ultimately just slaves to their erotic needs, unlike those men with all their self-determining sense of purpose? (I think I've entered an alternate universe here....)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fountainhead 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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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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