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The Founder (2016)

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The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

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John Lee Hancock

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Robert Siegel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Ray Kroc
Nick Offerman ... Dick McDonald
John Carroll Lynch ... Mac McDonald
Linda Cardellini ... Joan Smith
B.J. Novak ... Harry J. Sonneborn
Laura Dern ... Ethel Kroc
Justin Randell Brooke ... Fred Turner
Kate Kneeland ... June Martino
Patrick Wilson ... Rollie Smith
Griff Furst ... Jim Zien
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Jerry Cullen
David de Vries ... Jack Horford
Andrew Benator ... Leonard Rosenblatt
Cara Mantella ... Myra Rosenblatt
Randall Taylor ... Owner (Ed's Drive-In)
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Storyline

1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hambre de poder See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,404,102, 22 January 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,785,093, 21 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,945,747
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

About two-thirds of the way into the movie, Rollie Smith is talking to Ray about refrigeration costs. He says "that walk-in bill is a real whopper." Burger King, Home of the Whopper, is McDonald's biggest competitor. See more »

Goofs

The road map from which Ray finds the city of San Bernardino has its city names printed in the font "Capitals", released by Apple in 1998. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ray Kroc: I know what you're thinkin'... What the heck do I need a 5-spindle for... when I barely sell enough milkshakes to justify my single-spindle. Right? Wrong. Are you familiar with the notion of the chicken or the egg Mr. Griffith, I mentioned... that there'd be costs. Well, I think it applies here. Do you not need the multimixer because, well heck, you're not selling enough milkshakes. Or are you not selling enough milkshakes because you don't have a multimixer? I firmly believe it's ...
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Crazy Credits

During the opening/closing credits, the real Ray A Kroc is heard giving an interview about how he came to buy out McDonald's. See more »


Soundtracks

Music for A Found Harmonium
Written by Simon Jeffes (as Simon Harry Piers Jeffes)
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Courtesy of Virgin Records, LTD. under license from Universal Music Enterterprises
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The Founder (2017)
5 February 2017 | by rockman182See all my reviews

This film is not really what you expect it to be. Upon first glance at the trailer you would think its the story of the founder of McDonalds who comes from nothing and works hard to start a global fast food chain. That's really not what this was about. I would say this film is quite unique; I never expected the roots of a popular fast food chain to get a film. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued to see the film though. Overall, I'd say its a mixed bag with a stronger first section than second.

Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, a down out of luck milk shake mixer salesman, who one day stumbles upon a restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. This restaurant innovative service where orders are made in 30 seconds or less, through the technical setup of equipment, staff, and assembly line-like practices. Kroc becomes enamored with the idea of fast food chains and eventually sets into motion multiple stores around the country, much to the brothers behest. Kroc is not a lovable guy at all, if anything he is an extremely selfish, self-motivated snake who betrays his partners and family. Keaton is perfectly fine in this yet again continuing his acting resurgence.

There is betrayal and greed at every turn, thus the films marketing doesn't prepare you for the type of greedy character seen in Kroc. It is what it is and this is probably how many business men get ahead in life. It was interesting to hear the McDonald brothers story and seeing just how the first store started up. As stated earlier, the film starts off very engaging but goes through lapses of being uninteresting despite being in an unfamiliar place from a storytelling perspective.

I wasn't sure if this was going to be one of the Oscar season pictures but after seeing it I can see why it isn't because it becomes too generic and doesn't really offer much worth talking about besides a story that may be shocking to people. I'm not really sure if its a film we needed but at the very least you may be interested to see the history of probably the most recognizable fast food chain in the world. They should rename this film The Thief.

6.5/10


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