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Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)

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Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States.

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Paul Johansson

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Brian Patrick O'Toole (screenplay by), John Aglialoro (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Schilling ... Dagny Taggart
Grant Bowler ... Henry 'Hank' Rearden
Matthew Marsden ... James Taggart
Edi Gathegi ... Eddie Willers
Jsu Garcia ... Francisco D'Anconia
Graham Beckel ... Ellis Wyatt
Jon Polito ... Orren Boyle
Patrick Fischler ... Paul Larkin
Rebecca Wisocky ... Lillian Rearden
Michael Lerner ... Wesley Mouch
Neill Barry ... Phillip Rearden
Christina Pickles ... Mother Rearden
Paul Johansson ... John Galt
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Herbert Mowen
Steven Chester Prince ... Engineer
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It was great to be alive, once, but the world was perishing. Factories were shutting down, transportation was grinding to a halt, granaries were empty--and key people who had once kept it running were disappearing all over the country. As the lights winked out and the cities went cold, nothing was left to anyone but misery. No one knew how to stop it, no one understood why it was happening - except one woman, the operating executive of a once mighty transcontinental railroad, who suspects the answer may rest with a remarkable invention and the man who created it - a man who once said he would stop the motor of the world. Everything now depends on finding him and discovering the answer to the question on the lips of everyone as they whisper it in fear: Who *is* John Galt? Written by Robb

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Who is John Galt?

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlas Shrugged: Part I See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,686,347, 17 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,752,353
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Atlas Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In spite of this and its sequels free market leanings, not one of them made their money back in the box office. See more »

Goofs

All articles in the Philadelphia Leader newspaper except the one on Rearden metal have incorrect headlines and their text segments contain multiple spelling/grammar errors. See more »

Quotes

Sign: I'm leaving it as I found it. Take over. It's yours.
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Connections

Followed by Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012) See more »

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Cordial for Violin and Piano
Written by Steve Weisberg (Stove Proeber Music-BMI)
Performed by Miriam Mayer and Steve Weisberg
Produced by Lee Curreri and Steve Weisberg
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Atlas Shrugged… and so did I
1 May 2011 | by RhyanScorpioRhysSee all my reviews

I have to admit that it's been years since I read the book (required high school reading) and while I struggled to get through it, I did appreciate the concepts of a dystopian United States, the philosophy of Objectivism and the idea that civilization and society simply cannot continue to exist where there is no creativity.

Almost none of this is covered in this first part of the trilogy. Don't get me wrong, the film covers a lot of ground, in fact it's front-loaded with heavy doses of exposition. The problem is the film is shot like a PBS made-for-TV movie (mainly a series of talking heads) and the stiff dialog is lifelessly delivered by TV actors that lack big screen presence.

Now, don't mistake me for one of those people who feel the subject matter of the book is too didactic for mass appeal, I just think this low-budget and amateur version lacks the fire and fury that Rand's novel deserves.

I'm not saying not to see it, just avoid the mistake I made. Go in with no expectations.

Hell, it might even make you want to pick up the book and give it a read.


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