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. ...
You've had their food, but do you know their secrets?
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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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Did You Know?
Nick Offerman, who plays Dick, starred in a season of the TV series Fargo, along with co-star Patrick Wilson, though they never share a scene in The Founder. John Carroll Lynch, who plays Mac, Dick's brother, was in the original Fargo film in 1996, where he played Marge's husband. See more
When Ray Kroc drives to Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950s, the white shield on the highway exit sign identifies the route as "U.S. Highhway 17." At that time, the main highways to Phoenix were U.S. Highways 60, 70, 80, and 89. Today, Interstate Highway 17 connects Phoenix with Flagstaff, but the Interstates had not yet been built when Mr. Kroc paid his visit to Phoenix. The real U.S. 17 still exists-- in Georgia, where some of the locations apparently were shot. 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 On the Waterfront
Slow Down Baby
Written by Robert Shad
Performed by Bob Gaddy and His Alley Cats
Courtesy of Mainstream Time Records Group, Inc. See more