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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,... See more »

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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)
Jeremy Madden ...
Dennis
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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
Lauren Denham ...
Cheerleader #3
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Cheerleader #4
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Photographer
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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)
Kimberly Battista ...
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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Realtor (uncredited)
Travis Gore ...
McDonald's Employee (uncredited)
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Johnson's Customer (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)
Kendall Kiker ...
Shriner (uncredited)
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Steakhouse Patron (uncredited)
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Bank Teller (uncredited)
Dan Mulvaney ...
Jack Collins (uncredited)
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Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
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Mr. Merriman (uncredited)
Anna Phillips ...
Car Hop (uncredited)
Valeri Rogers ...
Cheerleader (uncredited)
Patti Schellhaas ...
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)
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Law Office Secretary (uncredited)
Glenn Walkup ...
Investor (uncredited)
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Limo Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Lee Hancock

Written by

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Robert D. Siegel ... (written by) (as Robert Siegel)

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 ... (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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Niccolo H. Bodner ... assistant colorist: Company 3 (as Tyrell Lloyd)
Paul Carlin ... digital intermediate editor
Derek Drouin ... first assistant editor
Juliette Edwards ... post-production assistant
Hunter Furnish ... dailies operator
Andy Kaplan ... digital intermediate head of production: Company 3
Marc Lulkin ... colorist: dailies
Jared Pecht ... color assistant
Scott Salamon ... dailies producer
Ben Sherman ... post-production coordinator
Stefan Sonnenfeld ... digital intermediate colorist / executive producer digital intermediate
Ian Sullivan ... digital intermediate accountant
John Tripp ... color assist
Stephanie Williams ... post-production coordinator
Nicholas Winkelmann ... dailies operator
Jordan Schulz ... assistant colorist: company 3 (uncredited)

Casting By

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Tara Feldstein ... casting director: Atlanta
Ronna Kress ... (casting by)
Chase Paris ... casting director: Atlanta

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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Leay Cangelosi ... hair stylist
Lawrence Davis ... key hair stylist
Dhyana Forte ... additional makeup artist
Julie Hill-Parker ... makeup artist (as Julie Hill Parker)
Bill Johnson ... special makeup effects artist: chest scar
Kimberly Jones ... makeup department head
Monty Schuth ... hair stylist
Teri Ann Uccan ... hair department head: New Mexico (as Terriann Uccans)
Michael White ... hair department head
Mi Young ... key makeup artist
Bridgit Crider ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Craig Lindberg ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Saj Mack ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tracie Morrison ... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Michael S. 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
Erica Frauman ... post-production supervisor
Lauren Heath ... production supervisor (as Lauren M. Heath)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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Ryan Anderson ... set dresser
James Anthony ... construction auditor
Robert Brenner ... foreman
Mark Lambert Bristol ... storyboard artist
Justin Cammer ... painter
Sean Clouser ... construction coordinator
Rick Cramblett ... construction accountant/buyer
Jason Davis ... property master
John Day ... set dresser
Justin DeMartino ... set dresser
Brian DeNike ... leadman: second unit
Ed Donnelly ... gang boss
Mandy Fason ... construction purchaser
Seth Gardner ... propmaker gangboss
Amy Giedraitis ... assistant property master
Matthew Groves ... set decoration buyer
Michael Hopkins ... gang boss
Andrew S. Huggins ... set dresser
Chris Hunter ... graphic designer
Tracey Illingworth-Cramer ... set decoration coordinator
Patrick S. Johnson ... additional on-set dresser / on-set dresser / rush roadie / 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)
Ryan Kutch ... leadman
Paige Matthews ... assistant props
Stacie McKinnon McAdam ... art department coordinator
Chuck McCourt ... set dresser
Brett McGinnis ... scenic
Katrina Mckean ... painter
Steve Mckean ... sign writer
Ken Moldovan ... general foreman
Taylor Mosbey ... graphic designer
Nathan O'Reilly ... on set dresser
Kevin Parten ... construction medic
Brittin Richter ... props
Daniel Scates ... set dresser
Shea Soutar ... stand-by painter
Martha Tate ... construction buyer
Yolande Thame ... set designer
Johnny Thigpen ... set designer
Thomas Thurmond ... carpenter
Ashley Travis ... art department assistant
Brittany Upchurch ... set decoration buyer

Sound Department

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Brandon Bak ... foley assistant
Greg Crawford ... adr mixer: Atlanta
Yann Delpuech ... sound designer / sound effects editor
Kim Drummond ... supervising dialogue editor
David E. Fluhr ... re-recording mixer
Stefan Fraticelli ... foley artist
Jon Johnson ... supervising sound editor
Gregory King ... re-recording mixer
Richard Kitting ... re-recording mix technician
Kyle Lammerding ... client services
John Maskew ... playback
Ron Mellegers ... foley mixer
Christopher Mills ... sound mixer: additional photography / utility sound technician
Jamison Rabbe ... additional adr recording
Kevin Schultz ... foley mixer
Brian Seagrave ... audio conform
Aron Siegel ... sound mixer
John Sievert ... foley artist
Brad Sokol ... assistant sound editor
Bruce Stubblefield ... dialogue editor
Robert Vardaros ... boom operator: day player
Jon Vogl ... adr mixer
Allen Lee Williams III ... boom operator
Randy Wilson ... foley mixer
Sal Ojeda ... Spanish dubbing re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Lacy Cavins ... special effects technician
Nathen Cavins ... special effects technician
J.J. Madaris ... special effects technician
Caius Man ... special effects coordinator
Andi Sowers ... special effects technician
Jake Whitney ... special effects foreman

Visual Effects by

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Phil Carbonaro ... visual effects artist
Brian Jochum ... visual effects producer
N. Bantu Key ... digital colorist: marketing (as Ntana Key)
Alan Munro ... visual effects supervisor
Jeremy Nelson ... digital compositor
Jon Terada ... digital compositor

Stunts

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

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ryan Abrams ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Trent Edward Arant ... grip
Mike Barnett ... edge crane operator
Matthew Berning ... technocrane operator
Joseph Blankinship ... technocrane technician
Geoff Bremner ... grip
Glenn Brown ... additional camera operator / additional steadicam operator
Dan Cornwall ... gaffer
Bobby Costello ... grip
Jeff W. Curtis ... dolly grip: "a" camera
Ross Davis ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Rusty Edmonson ... lighting technician
Jordan Lee Eley ... digital imaging technician
Matt Evans ... loader: re-shoots
Tom Fendley ... rigging gaffer
Chase Flowers ... digital utility
Julian Flowers ... loader
Dale Fowler ... best boy electric
Ian Fox ... camera operator: "a" camera
Jorge Luis German ... video assist utility
Bob Gorelick ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Jared Greenstein ... lighting console programmer
Ronald Hersey ... edge director of photography
Lane Leagans ... best boy rigging grip
Skip Leger ... lighting technician
Chris Lumpkin ... key rigging grip
Matthew C. McCarthy ... grip
Evan Patrick McCliment ... video assist: additional photography
Daniel C. McFadden ... still photographer (as Daniel McFadden)
Jake Liam McGuire ... key grip: second unit
Dan Ming ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Joseph Parker ... grip
Steve Pittman ... grip
Logan Polizzotti ... electrician
Kerry Rawlins ... key grip
Patrick Redmond ... edge head technician
Mackie Roberts ... best boy grip
Tina Rowden ... additional still photographer
Art Schultz ... best boy rigging electric
Stephen Stumberg ... hd video assist operator
Suzanne Trucks ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Brook Willard ... digital imaging technician
Jon Derek Wilson ... electrician

Casting Department

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Hannah d'Angerio ... casting associate
Caitlin McKenna ... adr voice casting
Chase Paris ... casting: Atlanta

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cha Blevins ... extras costumer
Virginia Burton ... costume supervisor
Marcella Elisa Caudill ... set costumer
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
Jessica Beavis ... assistant location manager: second unit
Stephen Coles ... location assistant
Kevin Dowling ... location scout
Kara Haas ... key assistant location manager
Jonathan Hanna ... assistant location manager
David Luse ... assistant location manager / location scout
Alison Maloof ... location coordinator
Aaron D. Newton ... location assistant (as Aaron Newton)
Juan Torres Jr. ... location assistant
Andrew L. Ullman ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael K. Bauer ... music editor: temp score
Christine Bergren ... music clearance and licensing
Carter Burwell ... conducted by
Michael Farrow ... scoring mixer
Steve Lindsey ... music supervisor
Sean Osborn ... clarinet
Dean Parker ... composer assistant
Robert Puff ... music preparation
David Sabee ... music contractor
Adam Milo Smalley ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Nik Allen ... genny truck
Orlando Avila ... prop driver
Bryant Cain ... driver
Roxie Caswell ... dot administrator (as Roxie Scott)
Dustin Hornsby ... picture car coordinator
Lily Mace ... driver
Paula Pierce ... 8 ton camera
Cindi Randall ... transportation coordinator
Vickie Raynor Robison ... Cast Driver for Michael Keaton
Shanda Scott ... driver (as Shanda Scott Scruggs)
Timothy Stephens ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Duffy Astriab ... assistant: John Lee Hancock (as Duffy K. Astriab)
Ryan Bender ... film publicist
Carles Berot ... marketing and creative services
Maï Boiron ... translator: French
Alexandre Bourg ... publicity assistant
Kevin Breen ... key set production assistant
Ben Browning ... production executive
Ellie Bryan ... production assistant: basecamp
Jim Cadenhead ... construction medic
Duane Codrington ... epk cameraman
Angela M. DeNike ... production coordinator: second unit
Emily Dick ... additional production assistant
Natalie Ebeid ... assistant: Michael Keaton
Eli Edelson ... assistant: John Lee Hancock
Philip G. Flores ... assistant: Don Handfield
Jay Floyd ... clearance administrator
Ashley Foxx ... production assistant: reshoots
Eddie Frierson ... loop group
Bennett Gammon ... production assistant
Gregoire Gensollen ... senior vice president: international distribution and strategy
Larry Gilbert ... police security
John Gladwin ... second assistant accountant
Jeff Glover ... stand-in: John Carroll Lynch
Roger Gregory ... manager: distribution & strategy
Harrison Gunnarshaug ... office production assistant
Cathy Gurvis ... assistant accountant: post production
Bridget Hoffman ... loop group
Takina Holloman ... first assistant accountant
Christopher Hurst ... second assistant accountant
Molly Laughlin ... production secretary
Michael A. Leo ... photo double: B.J. Novak / stand-in: Justin Randell Brooke
Lauren Lieb ... additional production assistant
Gabriella Ludlow ... business and legal affairs
Alex Mandelberg ... loop group
Maeve Mannion ... production accountant
Peter A. Marshall ... insurance and risk manager
David Benjamin McClone ... assistant craft services
Caitlin McKenna ... loop group
Timothy J. Miller ... medic
Nick Moyer ... additional production assistant
Susan Muir ... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Jeff Reynolds ... first assistant accountant: reshoots
Stephanie Rosebrugh ... production secretary
Michelle Ruff ... loop group
Kathleen Sewell ... accounting clerk
Justin Shenkarow ... loop group
Lisa G. Shillingburg ... key first assistant accountant
Michael Bennett Smith ... production assistant
Michael C. Smith ... security consultant
Katherine Steets ... script supervisor
Andrew Swett ... production executive
Jaime Taylor ... medic: day player
Stephen Turselli ... key set production assistant: New Mexico
Courtney Nordessa Ward ... assistant production coordinator
Alex L. Worman ... unit publicist
Robert Perry Bierman ... set lighting (uncredited)
Arman Hovsepian ... clearance researcher (uncredited)
Ramtin Ari Sarbaz ... coordinator (uncredited)

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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
  • Le fondateur (France)
  • El fundador (Spain)
  • Hambre de poder (Argentina)
  • Osnivač (Serbia)
  • Hambre de poder (Peru)
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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 $21,945,747

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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: If I saw a competitor drowning, I'd shove a hose down his throat.
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