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. ...
He took someone else's idea and America ate it up.
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20 January 2017 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Hambre de poder
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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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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Although shot in Georgia, many of the staged 1950s Illinois locations still exist, such as Ray Kroc's houses at 515 E. Fairview Street and Rolling Green Country Club at 2525 E. Rand Road, both in Arlington Heights, and a replica McDonald's number one at its original location at 400 Lee Street in Des Plaines. See more
Taking place during the 1954-1955 period, the telephone at the original San Bernardino McDonald's location is a Western Electric Model 554 wall phone, which debuted in 1956. See more
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 ...
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
References Magnificent Obsession
I'm Not Like I Used To Be
Written by Robert Shad
Performed by The Dixieaires
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