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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

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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:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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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 »

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Wise-ass Man: Excuse me, Miss Rand. I was wondering if you could give us the essence of your philosophy - standing on one leg.
1st Supporter: Go on!
2nd Supporter: Sit down!
Ayn Rand: [Stands on one leg] Metaphysics: objective reality. Epistemology: reason. Ethics: self-interest. Politics: capitalism.
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References Kings Row (1942) See more »

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A Perfect Day / I Love You Truly
Arranged by John Godfrey & Jimmy Stewart
Provided by Associated Production Music
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Just a correction
15 August 2004 | by BlueGreenSee all my reviews

I saw this film three times (but then, I see many films more than once), and if I were to rate it, I'd give it 7-8 (out of 10), for its artistic merits. I knew nothing about Ayn Rand before seeing this film, and it piqued my curiosity. (I then discovered that "The Fountainhead", a very good piece of cinematic work, was based on her book.) But I am basically writing this only to correct what a reviewer said (back in September 2001), quite emphatically and with considerable reasoning behind the statement: that Ayn Rand shouldn't have been portrayed by an "American actress". She wasn't. The role of Ayn Rand was played by Helen Mirren, a truly great British actress. Moreover, Ms. Mirren herself is of Russian extraction, just as Ayn Rand was.


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