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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.

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Christopher Menaul

Writers:

Barbara Branden (book), Howard Korder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pasión de Ayn Rand See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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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

Nathaniel Branden: I feel as if... as if my whole life I've been on a leaky raft in the middle of the ocean and, and as soon as I cover one leak with my foot, there's another and...
Barbara: [Interrupting] Yes, alone and sinking.
Nathaniel Branden: Yes, but after tonight, I think... it's possible to stand on solid ground, to understand, to really know.
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References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

A Perfect Day / I Love You Truly
Arranged by John Godfrey & Jimmy Stewart
Provided by Associated Production Music
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Mediocre, wandering, ill-focused quasi-biopic
29 July 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Passion of Ayn Rand" picks up the story of the best selling author and intellectual after "The Fountainhead" and continues through the publishing of "Atlas Shrugged". Although the film spends about equal time between the bio of the brittle and eccentric Rand (Mirren) and the sundry affairs of her closest friends and like-minded followers it does not crystallize the philosophies which established her as a prominent intellectual of the time. In spite of excellent performances by the ensemble, Showtime has only managed another mediocre budget-conscious flick. Recommended only for those interested in Rand.


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