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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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Ray Kroc
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Dick McDonald
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Mac McDonald
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Joan Smith
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Harry J. Sonneborn
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Ethel Kroc
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Fred Turner
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June Martino
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Rollie Smith
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Jim Zien
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Jerry Cullen
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Jack Horford
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Leonard Rosenblatt
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Myra Rosenblatt
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Owner (Ed's Drive-In)
Lacey King ...
Car Hop Girl (Ed's Drive-In)
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Dennis (as Jeremy Madden)
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Car Hop Girl (Joe's Drive-In)
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Employee (San Bernadino)
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Woman (San Bernadino)
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Loan Officer #1
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Loan Officer #2 (as David Marshall Silverman)
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Harvey Peltz
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Mrs. Horford
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Mrs. Cullen
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Art Wolodarsky
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Kroc Corporate Lawyer
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Cheerleader #1
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Cheerleader #2
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Cheerleader #3
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Cheerleader #4
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Photographer (as Mathias Alvarez)
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Kroc Divorce Lawyer
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Doctor Reeves
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Will Davis (LA Times Reporter)
Joy Glover Walters ...
Mother (San Bernadino)
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Little Boy
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Customer (Schaumburg)
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Grand Opening Customer Churchill
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Bingo Caller
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Gorgeous Blonde
Gerald Duckworth ...
Owner (Joe's Drive-In) (as Gerald L. Duckworth)
Jen Cohen ...
Female Passenger
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Dr. Nelson (as Dave Zyler)
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McDonald's Announcer (voice) (as Joe Sanfelippo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Teenage Bully (uncredited)
Asad Baig ...
Crew Manager (uncredited)
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Mrs. Michael Finn (uncredited)
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Father (uncredited)
Marshall Choka ...
Country Club Diner (uncredited)
Marc Crandlemire ...
Shriner (uncredited)
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McDonald's Employee (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
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Realtor (uncredited)
Travis Gore ...
McDonald's Employee (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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McDonald's Employee (uncredited)
Marie Joelyn ...
Steakhouse Patron / McDonald's Family Customer (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Ray Kroc ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Steakhouse Patron (uncredited)
Hayley H. Long ...
Bank Teller (uncredited)
Anthony McDowell ...
Bank Patron (uncredited)
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Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
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Mr. Merriman (uncredited)
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Employee (uncredited)
Anna Phillips ...
Car Hop (uncredited)
Valeri Rogers ...
Cheerleader (uncredited)
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Wealthy Country Club Diner (uncredited)
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First McDonald's Family / Customer (uncredited)
Carla Shinall ...
Mom at McDonald's (uncredited)
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McDonald Brothers' Lawyer (uncredited)
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Golfer / Country Club Member (uncredited)
Glenn Walkup ...
Investor (uncredited)
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Limo Driver (uncredited)
Geoff Wingham ...
Truck Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Lee Hancock

Written by

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Robert Siegel ... (written by)

Produced by

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Glen Basner ... executive producer
Holly Brown ... executive producer
Alison Cohen ... executive producer
Parry Creedon ... co-producer
David Glasser ... executive producer
David S. Greathouse ... executive producer
Don Handfield ... producer (p.g.a.)
William D. Johnson ... executive producer
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos ... executive producer
Karen Lunder ... executive producer
Jeremy Renner ... producer
Aaron Ryder ... producer (p.g.a.)
Michael Sledd ... co-producer
Bob Weinstein ... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein ... executive producer

Music by

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Carter Burwell ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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John Schwartzman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Frazen

Editorial Department

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Paul Carlin ... digital conform
Mike Chiado ... digital intermediate technologist
Derek Drouin ... first assistant editor
Juliette Edwards ... editorial production assistant
Harrison Gunnarshaug ... editorial production assistant
Andy Kaplan ... head of production: CO3
Tyrell Lloyd ... color assistant
Jared Pecht ... color assistant
Erik Rogers ... digital intermediate producer
Stefan Sonnenfeld ... colorist / executive producer: CO3
Yon Van Kline ... assistant editor
Stephanie Williams ... post-production coordinator
Hunter Furnish ... dailies operator (uncredited)
Marc Lulkin ... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Scott Salamon ... dailies producer (uncredited)
Jordan Schulz ... assistant colorist: company 3 (uncredited)
Ben Sherman ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Ian Sullivan ... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
John Tripp ... color assist (uncredited)
Nicholas Winkelmann ... dailies operator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ronna Kress ... (casting by)

Production Design by

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Michael Corenblith

Art Direction by

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Hugh D.G. Moody

Set Decoration by

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Susan Benjamin

Costume Design by

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Daniel Orlandi

Makeup Department

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Lawrence Davis ... key hair stylist
Dhyana Forte ... additional make-up artist
Julie Hill-Parker ... make-up artist (as Julie Hill Parker)
Bill Johnson ... special effects make-up
Kimberly Jones ... department head make-up
Monty Schuth ... hair stylist
Teri Ann Uccan ... department head hair: New Mexico unit (as Terriann Uccans)
Michael White ... department head hair
Mi Young ... key make-up artist
Leay Cangelosi ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bridgit Crider ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Craig Lindberg ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Saj Mack ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tracie Morrison ... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Michael Ward ... wig technician (uncredited)
Lindsay Waters ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Todd Watson ... makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)

Production Management

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Parry Creedon ... unit production manager
Lindsay Feldman ... production supervisor: New Mexico Unit
Erica Frauman ... post production supervisor
Lauren Heath ... production supervisor (as Lauren M. Heath)
Michael Sledd ... unit production manager: New Mexico Unit

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Phil Hardage ... first assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Amir R. Khan ... second assistant director
David Tierney Lerner ... second assistant director: New Mexico unit (as David Lerner)
C.J. Neels ... second second assistant director
Kevin Black ... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Kevin Breen ... additional second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Ryan Anderson ... set dresser
Shawn Averill ... utility foreman
Pierre Barrera ... on set dresser: New Mexico unit
Jeremy Bishop ... welding foreman
Sean Clouser ... construction coordinator
Justin Colmes ... standby greens
Rick Cramblett ... construction buyer
Jason Davis ... property master
John Day ... set dresser
Brian DeNike ... leadman: New Mexico unit
Ed Donnelly ... set dresser
Amy Giedraitis ... assistant property master
Matthew Groves ... set dec buyer
Forrest A. Haag ... property master: New Mexico unit (as Forrest Haag)
Paul Haag ... property assistant: New Mexico unit
David Hayes ... sculptures provided by: welded steel
Michael Hopkins ... gang boss
Chris Hunter ... graphic designer
Tracey Illingworth-Cramer ... set dec coordinator
Patrick S. Johnson ... set dresser (as Patrick Johnson)
Peggy Johnson ... paint foreman
Thomas V. Johnson ... lead scenic
Zach Kane ... set dresser
Maxine Kao ... set dresser
Ariel R. Kaplan ... set dresser (as Ariel Kaplan)
S.P. Khalsa ... construction coordinator: New Mexico unit
Ryan Kutch ... leadman
Paige Matthews ... property assistant
Stacie McKinnon McAdam ... art department coordinator
Steve Mckean ... scenic signwriter
Ken Moldovan ... general foreman (as Kenneth Moldovan)
Taylor Mosbey ... graphic designer
Swift Moseley ... key greensman
Joseph Newberry ... standby construction
Nathan O'Reilly ... on set dresser
Brandon Pope ... standby greens
Brittin Richter ... property assistant
Carlos Ruiz ... propmaker: New Mexico unit
Tom Ruthledge ... scenic: New Mexico unit (as Tom Rutledge)
Mallory Shelton ... standby greens
Shea Soutar ... standby painter
Yolande Thame ... set designer
Johnny Thigpen ... set designer
Ashley Travis ... art department assistant
Brittany Upchurch ... set dec buyer
Stephen Wilson ... standby greens
James Anthony ... construction auditor (uncredited)
Robert Brenner ... foreman (uncredited)
Mark Lambert Bristol ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Justin Cammer ... painter (uncredited)
Justin DeMartino ... set dresser (uncredited)
Mandy Fason ... construction purchaser (uncredited)
Seth Gardner ... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Andrew S. Huggins ... set dresser (uncredited)
Chuck McCourt ... set dresser (uncredited)
Brett McGinnis ... scenic (uncredited)
Katrina Mckean ... painter (uncredited)
Kevin Parten ... construction medic (uncredited)
Daniel Scates ... set dresser (uncredited)
Martha Tate ... construction buyer (uncredited)
Thomas Thurmond ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Yann Delpuech ... sound designer / sound effects editor / supervising sound effects editor
Jeremiah Drueke ... adr mixer
Kim Drummond ... dialogue supervisor
David E. Fluhr ... re-recording mixer
Stefan Fraticelli ... foley artist
John T. Graves ... adr mixer
Jon Johnson ... supervising sound editor
Gregory King ... re-recording mixer
Richard Kitting ... re-recordist
John Maskew ... music playback
Ron Mellegers ... foley mixer
Christopher Mills ... additional production mixer (as Chris Mills) / untility sound (as Chris Mills)
Stephen O'Connell ... foley artist (as Steven O'Connell)
Trent Richmond ... foley mixer
Kevin Schultz ... foley mixer
Aron Siegel ... sound mixer
John Sievert ... foley artist
Brad Sokol ... assistant sound editor
Bruce Stubblefield ... dialogue editor
Robert Vardaros ... additional boom operator
Nik Waddell ... additional untility sound
Allen Lee Williams III ... boom operator
Randy Wilson ... foley mixer
Brandon Bak ... foley assistant (uncredited)
Greg Crawford ... adr mixer: Atlanta (uncredited)
Kyle Lammerding ... client services (uncredited)
Sal Ojeda ... Spanish dubbing re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jamison Rabbe ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Brian Seagrave ... audio conform (uncredited)
Jon Vogl ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Nathen Cavins ... special effects tech (as Nathan Cavins)
Caius Man ... special effects coordinator
Andi Sowers ... special effects tech
Jake Whitney ... special effects foreman (as Gene 'Jake' Whitney)
Lacy Cavins ... special effects technician (uncredited)
J.J. Madaris ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Phil Carbonaro ... visual effects artist
Daren Dochterman ... visual effects artist
Brian Jochum ... visual effects producer
Rob Krauzig ... visual effects coordinator
Peter Kuran ... visual effects artist
Alan Munro ... visual effects supervisor
Jeremy Nelson ... visual effects artist
Osamu Terada ... visual effects artist
Pam Vick ... visual effects artist
Ntana Bantu Key ... digital colorist: marketing (uncredited)
Jon Terada ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jennifer Badger ... stunt coordinator
Dean Bailey ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ryan Abrams ... b camera second assistant
Christopher Anderson ... basecamp electric (as Chris Anderson)
Richard Arnold ... rigging grip
Mike Barnett ... crane operator: New Mexico unit (as Mike Bernett)
Kevin Bartra ... grip: New Mexico unit
Geoff Bremner ... b dolly grip
Brigid Cappelletti ... rigging electric
Dan Cornwall ... gaffer
Bobby Costello ... grip
Jeff W. Curtis ... a dolly grip (as Jeff Curtis)
Ross Davis ... a camera second assistant
Rusty Edmonson ... gaffer additional photography / set electrician
Tom Fendley ... rigging gaffer
Chase Flowers ... digital utility
Julian Flowers ... loader
Dale Fowler ... best boy electric
Ian Fox ... a camera operator
Bob Gorelick ... b camera operator / steadicam operator
Jared Greenstein ... dimmer board operator
Sean Hepler ... rigging electric
Anthony Jacobs ... rigging grip
Lane Leagans ... best boy rigging grip
Skip Leger ... set electrician
Chris Lumpkin ... key rigging grip
Issac Martin ... rigging electric
Matthew C. McCarthy ... grip (as Matt McCarthy)
Daniel C. McFadden ... still photographer (as Daniel McFadden)
Jake Liam McGuire ... key grip: New Mexico unit (as Jake McGuire)
Dan Ming ... a camera first assistant
Ray Myers ... electrician (as Ray Meyers)
Joseph Parker ... grip
Tony Phillips ... set electrician
Logan Polizzotti ... gaffer: New Mexico unit
Kerry Rawlins ... key grip
Patrick Redmond ... crane tech: New Mexico unit (as Pat Redmond)
Brittany Regan ... rigging electric
Mackie Roberts ... best boy grip
Anthony Samuel ... rigging grip
Eli Schneider ... grip: New Mexico unit
Art Schultz ... best boy rigging electric
Clyde Sharman ... set electrician
Joshua Sherrill ... rigging electric (as Josh Sherrill)
Gregory Still ... electrician
Stephen Stumberg ... video assist
Jeff C. Sutton ... Xenon lamp operator
Suzanne Trucks ... b camera first assistant
Ben Warren ... rigging grip
Kyle Watson ... grip
Brook Willard ... digital imaging technician
Jon Derek Wilson ... set electrician (as Derek Wilson)
Trent Edward Arant ... grip (uncredited)
Mike Barnett ... edge crane operator (uncredited)
Matthew Berning ... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Joseph Blankinship ... technocrane technician (uncredited)
Glenn Brown ... additional camera operator (uncredited) / additional steadicam operator (uncredited)
Jordan Lee Eley ... digital imaging technician (uncredited)
Matt Evans ... loader: re-shoots (uncredited)
Jorge Luis German ... video assist utility (uncredited)
Ronald Hersey ... edge director of photography (uncredited)
Evan Patrick McCliment ... video assist: additional photography (uncredited)
Jackson Parker ... grip: additional (uncredited)
Steve Pittman ... grip (uncredited)
Tina Rowden ... additional still photographer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Hannah d'Angerio ... casting associate: LA
Tara Feldstein ... local casting: GA (as Tara Feldstein Bennett)
Patrick Ingram ... extras casting
Lorrie Latham ... extras casting: New Mexico unit
Caitlin McKenna ... adr voice casting
Chase Paris ... local casting: GA
Emma Sands-Milsom ... casting assistant: LA
Nathan Wright ... extras casting assistant
Steven Raye Stanard ... talent manager (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Maria Bentfield ... set costumer: New Mexico unit
Cha Blevins ... extras costumer
Virginia Burton ... costume supervisor
Marcella Elisa Caudill ... set costumer
Jeff Gillies ... tailor
Grace Pyke ... costumer
Sylvianne Shurman ... costume production assistant
Danielle Stammers ... set costumer
Derek Sullivan ... costume supervisor
Johnna Thomas ... key set costumer
Hayley Tutt ... costume production assistant
Maria Bentfield ... set costumer (uncredited)
E. Dee Biddlecome ... costumer (uncredited)
Tony Kochinas ... set costumer (uncredited)
Ashley Marie Parker ... costumer (uncredited)
Shelby Anne Tompkins ... seamstress: re-shoots (uncredited)

Location Management

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Lori A. Balton ... location scout: New Mexico unit (as Lori Balton)
Jessica Beavis ... assistant location manager: New Mexico unit
Stephen Coles ... location production assistant
Madison Coss ... location manager: New Mexico unit
Kara Haas ... key assistant location manager
Jonathan Hanna ... assistant location manager
David Luse ... assistant location manager (as David S. Luse)
Alison Maloof ... location coordinator
Aaron D. Newton ... location production assistant (as Aaron Newton)
Juan Torres Jr. ... location assistant: New Mexico unit
Andrew L. Ullman ... location manager (as Andrew Ullman)
Kevin Dowling ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Alexander Baldock ... viola
Blayne Barnes ... violin
Christine Bergren ... music clearance
Ted Botsford ... bass
Carter Burwell ... music conducted by / orchestra conducted by
Jessica Choe ... piano
Anthony DiLorenzo ... trumpet
Michael Farrow ... music scoring mixer
Gunnar Folsom ... percussion
Mara Gearman ... viola
R.L. Heyer ... guitar and mandolin
Erin James ... flute
Simon James ... violin: concertmaster
Jon Karschney ... horn
John Kim ... violin
Kevin Krentz ... cello
Steve Lindsey ... music supervisor
Mary Lynch ... oboe
Ingrid Mathews ... violin
Sean Osborn ... clarinet
Dean Parker ... assistant to the composer
Dave Pascal ... bass
Susan Pascal ... percussion
Robert Puff ... copyist
Dan Rainard ... guitar and mandolin
David Sabee ... cello / orchestra contractor
Adam Milo Smalley ... music editor
Rob Tucker ... percussion
John Turman ... horn
Alexander White ... trumpet
Keith Winkle ... trombone
Michael K. Bauer ... music editor: temp score (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Katherine Steets ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Tracy Addison ... driver
Christopher Allen ... driver
Orlando Avila ... driver
Cliff Battle ... driver
Jennifer Blackman ... driver
Michael Boney ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Bryant Cain ... driver
Michael Carter ... driver
Roxie Caswell ... DOT/dispatcher
Bradley Claborne ... driver
James Clark ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Joe Cook ... driver
Frank Cruz ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Earl Douthwright ... driver
Mikel Ray Evans ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Mike Famlighetti ... driver
Larry Forsberg ... transportation captain: New Mexico Unit
John Gojkovich ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Kevin Hargrove ... driver
Todd Henderson ... driver
Penny Hicks ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Dustin Hornsby ... picture car coordinator
Ronald Hurd ... driver
Robert J. Kozlowski ... driver: New Mexico Unit
McCullen Lewis ... driver
Cheryl Lloyd ... driver
Lily Mace ... driver: New Mexico unit
Gene Melton Jr. ... driver (as Gene Melton)
Joel Morton ... driver
Jesse Parham ... driver
Christopher Wayne Patterson ... driver
Paula Pierce ... stakebed sound trailer
John Proctor ... transportation captain: New Mexico Unit
Cindi Randall ... transportation coordinator
Vickie Raynor Robison ... driver (as Vickie Robison)
Edward M. Ross ... driver
Mark Sanchez ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Dewey Scott ... driver
Jonathan L. Scott ... driver
Shanda Scott ... driver (as Shanda Scruggs)
Bonnie Seltzer ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Don Smith ... driver
Niegel Smith ... driver
Freddie L. Steagall ... driver: New Mexico Unit (as Freddie Stegall)
Shaun Steagall ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Lucas Stein ... driver: New Mexico Unit (as Lucas M. Stein)
Timothy Stephens ... transportation captain (as Tim Stephens)
Frank Thomas ... driver
Anthony Wamego ... driver: New Mexico Unit
Mike Yarbrough ... driver
Nik Allen ... genny truck (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Andrew Arcieri ... chef's assistant
Duffy Astriab ... assistant: John Lee Hancock (as Duffy K. Astriab)
Anthony Baca ... craft service assistant: New Mexico unit
Richard Baker ... EVP: Marketing & creative advertising: FilmNation Entertainment
Alexandra Balino ... manager: international ditribution services: FilmNation Entertainment
Christina Barber ... set production assistant
Gary Beauford ... choreographer's assistant
Anthony Blightley ... catering assitant (as Anthony Beightley)
Kevin Breen ... key set production assistant
Ben Browning ... co-president: production & acquisitions: FilmNation Entertainment
Ellie Bryan ... set production assistant
Troy Caldwell ... catering chef
Rob Carney ... VP: sales: FilmNation Entertainment
Patrick Chu ... VP: production & acquisitions: FilmNation Entertainment
Stan Conger ... post production accountant
Angela M. DeNike ... production office coordinator: New Mexico unit (as Angela Denike)
Richard Driscoll ... stand-in
Natalie Ebeid ... assistant: Michael Keaton
Eli Edelson ... assistant: John Lee Hancock
Kiki Ely ... choreographer
Tara Erer ... SVP: sales: FilmNation Entertainment
Marjorie Ergas ... assistant accountant: New Mexico unit (as Marj Ergas)
Philip G. Flores ... assistant: Don Handfield
Jay Floyd ... clearances
Jennifer Fradlin ... VP: business & legal affairs: FilmNation Entertainment
Eddie Frierson ... loop group
John Galdwin ... second assistant accountant
Philippe Gallichet ... caterer
Abigail Gamache ... stand-in
Gregoire Gensollen ... SVP: international ditribution & strategy: FilmNation Entertainment
Melissa Georges ... clearances
Hannah Getts ... assistant: Ben Browning: FilmNation Entertainment
Paul Giesler ... catering assitant
Patrick Gooing ... assistant: production & acquisitions: FilmNation Entertainment
Roger Gregory ... manager: distribution & strategy: FilmNation Entertainment
Cathy Gurvis ... post production accountant
Anouska Hamlin ... manager: business & legal affairs: FilmNation Entertainment
Jefford Herndon ... set production assistant: New Mexico unit
Bridget Hoffman ... loop group
Takina Holloman ... first assistant accountant
Richard Howard ... lead medic
Mercedes Hurd ... key craft service assistant
Christopher Hurst ... second assistant accountant (as Chris Hurst)
Michael Jackman ... EVP: post production & worldwide delivery: FilmNation Entertainment
Molly Johnson ... set production assistant
Molly Laughlin ... production secretary
Jackie Lee ... account executive: CO3
Colby Leopard ... manager: marketing, publicity & distribution: FilmNation Entertainment
Gabriella Ludlow ... business affairs services
Alex Mandelberg ... loop group
Maeve Mannion ... production accountant
Sean Martinez ... office production assistant
David Benjamin McClone ... key craft service assistant (as David McClone)
Caitlin McKenna ... loop group
Mark Meloccaro ... clearances
Timothy J. Miller ... set medic (as Tim Miller)
Ameena Nance ... craft service assistant: New Mexico unit
Mololuwa Odesanya ... office production assistant
Michael Parets ... assistant: Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka: FilmNation Entertainment
Hannah Peceny ... set production assistant: New Mexico unit
Pauline Piechota ... SVP: distribution: FilmNation Entertainment
Daphnee Pierre ... finance: FilmNation Entertainment
Ian Pine ... SVP: finance & accounting: FilmNation Entertainment
Milan Popelka ... COO: FilmNation Entertainment
Ray Quiel ... stock footage & stills
Stephanie Rosebrugh ... production secretary
Michelle Ruff ... loop group
Selena Saldana ... VP: sales: FilmNation Entertainment
Gary Sewell ... payroll accountant
Kathleen Sewell ... accounting clerk
Monique Shaw ... office production assistant
Leon Shen ... senior manager: international distribution & strategy: FilmNation Entertainment
Justin Shenkarow ... loop group
Lisa G. Shillingburg ... key first assistant accountant (as Lisa Grace Shillingburg)
Stanley Shunkamolah ... production assistant: New Mexico unit
Beatrice Simmons ... craft service
Ian Simon ... set production assistant: New Mexico unit
Michael Bennett Smith ... set production assistant
Tory Smith ... coordinator: international ditribution services: FilmNation Entertainment
Barbara Solomon ... counsel: intellectual property/first amendment
Eric Stobart ... stand-in
Shane Sweet ... loop group
Andrew Swett ... production executive: FilmNation
William Merrit Thomas ... set production assistant: New Mexico unit
Dominic Torres ... set medic: New Mexico unit
Hayley Trujillo ... production secretary: New Mexico unit
Brittanny Tuerpe ... loop group
Stephen Turselli ... key set production assistant: New Mexico unit
Ryan Viniotis ... finance: FilmNation Entertainment
Courtney Nordessa Ward ... assistant production coordinator (as Courtney Ward-Thompkins)
Jacob Ward ... stand-in
Lisa Wilhoit ... loop group
Charles Wilson ... office production assistant
Alex L. Worman ... publicist (as Alex Worman)
Adam Wylie ... loop group
Stefan Zorich ... SVP: international ditribution services: FilmNation Entertainment
Carles Berot ... dubbing supervisor (uncredited) / marketing and creative services (uncredited)
Robert Perry Bierman ... set lighting (uncredited)
Alexandre Bourg ... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Jim Cadenhead ... construction medic (uncredited)
Duane Codrington ... epk cinematographer (uncredited)
Emily Dick ... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Ashley Foxx ... production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Bennett Gammon ... production assistant (uncredited)
Larry Gilbert ... police security (uncredited)
John Gladwin ... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jeff Glover ... stand-in: John Carroll Lynch (uncredited)
Arman Hovsepian ... clearance researcher (uncredited)
Marina Pervak Lejsek ... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc (uncredited)
Michael A. Leo ... photo double: B.J. Novak (uncredited) / stand-in: Justin Randell Brooke (uncredited)
Lauren Lieb ... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Peter A. Marshall ... insurance and risk manager (uncredited)
Nick Moyer ... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Muir ... completion guarantor: Film Finances (uncredited)
Hanna Oldenburg ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Reynolds ... first assistant accountant: reshoots (uncredited)
Ramtin Ari Sarbaz ... coordinator (uncredited)
Michael C. Smith ... security consultant (uncredited)
Jaime Taylor ... medic: day player (uncredited)

Thanks

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Corey French ... a very special thank you to: the Estate and Family of Richard 'Dick' McDonald
Gale French ... a very special thank you to: the Estate and Family of Richard 'Dick' McDonald
Jason McDonald French ... a very special thank you to: the Estate and Family of Richard 'Dick' McDonald
Linda Istvan ... the producers wish to thank
Monte Johnson ... the producers wish to thank
Magnus Jonsson ... the producers wish to thank
Michael Just ... the producers wish to thank
Gretchen Kenny ... the producers wish to thank
Matt Leif ... the producers wish to thank
Albert Okura ... the producers wish to thank
Dee Reitz ... the producers wish to thank
Jerri Smith ... the producers wish to thank

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Unlike most of Ray's customers who will only require one five-spindle milkshake maker at any given time, the McDonald brothers end up purchasing eight machines for their single restaurant. Primarily on Dick's initiative, the brothers have redesigned the whole concept of the drive-in restaurant to focus on quality food through a smaller menu of only the most popular items (hamburgers, fries, sodas), consistency in product so that customers know what to expect from time to time, change in the target market from lounging teenagers to families, and perhaps most importantly speed in having any order ready within seconds, many of these goals achievable through assembly line styled production. They had tried franchising previously, but failed in that they lost control over many of those aspects which made their San Bernardino restaurant successful. Despite believing Ray a bit off kilter (in other words, crazy), the McDonald brothers somewhat hesitantly enter into a contract with him to be their head of franchising. Ray's experience in the job is not without its problems, especially as his franchisees seem to be making more money than he is, he who is only breaking even. He is not averse to advancing ideas provided to him to get ahead - original ideas which are not his forte - he seeing the brothers as his biggest problem in they thinking small. These differences lead to a standoff between Ray and the brothers, the former who has a different goal for "his" business in profit and stoking his own ego seemingly his main priorities. Written by Huggo

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Taglines He took someone else's idea and America ate it up. See more »
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Also Known As
  • O idrytis mias aftokratorias (Greece)
  • Ο Ιδρυτής μιας Αυτοκρατορίας (Greece)
  • Le fondateur (France)
  • El fundador (Spain)
  • 大创业家 (China, Mandarin title)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Box Office

Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,404,102, 22 Jan 2017
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $24,403,192

Did You Know?

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Trivia The company Kroc worked for prior to founding McDonald's, Prince Castle, still exists, and supplies McDonald's with much of its equipment. See more »
Goofs When Ray is looking at the map, he follows his finger along highway 66 and lands on San Bernardino. It shows some surrounding cities, one of which is "Moreno Valley". Moreno Valley didn't become an incorporated city until 1984. In the 1950's that city would have been called "Sunnymead" on a map. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Nick Offerman/Johnny Pemberton/Dorothy (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Mister Tap Toe See more »
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 »
Quotes Ray Kroc: Now, I know what you're thinkin'. How the heck does a 52 year old, over-the-hill milkshake machine salesman... build a fast food empire with 16,000 restaurants, in 50 states, in 5 foreign countries... with an annual revenue of in the neighborhood of $700,000,000.00... One word... PERSISTENCE. Nothing in this world can take the place of good old persistence. Talent won't. Nothing's more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won't. Unrecognized genius is practically a cliche. Education won't. Why the world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful.
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