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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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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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No Man Takes What's Mine ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,375,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,179,000, 31 December 1949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,906,000, 31 December 1949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia Neal said in an autobiography that the sudden unavailability of a stunt woman meant that she had to learn to ride a horse for the riding scenes, including the frenetic cross-country gallop to the quarry. Since she only needed to be seen close-up in the saddle during the brief angry confrontation with Roark and her character was only seen when actually riding in silhouette and in distance-shots, someone with real riding skills could have stood in for Neal at any time during production for this 'second unit' footage; there would have been no sense in risking injury to the star. See more »

Goofs

When Cameron smashes the window in Roark's office, you can see that the flag outside the window flying in the skyline is not rippling and therefore is part of a photographic backdrop rather than a live location. See more »

Quotes

Ellsworth Toohey: I play the stock market of the spirit and I sell short
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Featured in Kisses (1991) 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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