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The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)

The rather eccentric (especially in her thinking) author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of those close to her.

Director:

Christopher Menaul

Writers:

Barbara Branden (book), Howard Korder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Ayn Rand
Eric Stoltz ... Nathaniel Branden
Julie Delpy ... Barbara Branden
Peter Fonda ... Frank O'Connor
Sybil Darrow ... Caroline (as Sybil Temchen)
Tom McCamus ... Richard
Don McKellar ... Alfred
David Ferry ... Interviewer
Donald Carrier Donald Carrier ... David
Hamish McEwan ... Henry
Elyssa Livergant Elyssa Livergant ... Naomi
Christopher Marren Christopher Marren ... Aaron (as Chris Marren)
Jennifer Gould Jennifer Gould ... Janet
Robert Thomas Robert Thomas ... Security Guard
John Lefebvre John Lefebvre ... Funeral Director
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Storyline

Upon the death of Ayn Rand, Barbara Branden recounts the story of her dealings with the enigmatic 20th-century philosopher and novelist. Barbara and her husband, Nathaniel Branden, meet Rand and her husband, Frank O'Connor, and immediately establish a rapport. Rand takes the youthful Nathaniel under her wing and begins to show an un-platonic interest in her protégé. Barbara must sit by as the two begin what becomes a long, tumultuous affair. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1951, 1957, 1964, 1981 and 1982. See more »

Goofs

Alfred Tells Nathaniel about the new book Ayn Rand is working on, "Atlas Shrugged". The working title for that book was "The Strike". It didn't become "Atlas Shrugged" until in 1956 when Rand's husband suggested that title. See more »

Quotes

Ayn Rand: You respect his intellect?
Barbara: Very much.
Ayn Rand: You share the same principles?
Barbara: Absolutely.
Ayn Rand: You accept that emotion ultimately derives from the thinking one has done, or has failed to do?
Barbara: I do.
Ayn Rand: Then there is only one possible conclusion. Nate is your ideal man.
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Connections

References Kings Row (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is, Love Is Not
Written by Jeff Beal, Spencer Proffer, Steve Plunkett & Suzanne DuBarry
Vocals performed by Shirley Eikhard
Produced by Spencer Proffer and Jeff Beal
Music Engineer: Tom Weir
Shirley Eikhard performs courtesy of EMI Records Canada and Blue Note Records
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Entertaining, thought-provoking movie

This was an entertaining, thought-provoking movie. This film will be a valuable resource for the ingenue researching Ayn Rand's life and work for the first time. The film succeeds because it portrays Ayn Rand's character in all of its complexity without emphasizing any one single as- pect.

Some of Miss Rand's devotees may find this production oversexu- alized, but as someone familiar with her life and work, I find the account of her behavior and her thinking to be consistent with much of what I've read about her and heard in interviews. Considering Ayn Rand's passion for the consistency of principle and action, this film is in no way disparaging to her in character, even while it may not be as compli- mentary as some would like.

In fact, this movie may become an important historical resource for those who are unfamiliar with Miss Rand's life and work and want to research her. Like many outstanding biographies, this production provides a well-rounded view of her character and philosophy. It leaves the viewer, as the historian, to draw her or his own conclusions about the strength or weakness of Miss Rand's character, without in- doctrinating her point of view. This movie is an accurate and fair por- trayal of a woman who often incited controversy with her powerful commitment to the consistency of her actions with her ideals.


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