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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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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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In the world of business, it's founders keepers. See more »


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

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20 January 2017 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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€741,735 (Italy) (15 January 2017)

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$12,785,093 (USA) (21 April 2017)
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The film's wide release date was originally moved up from November 25 to August 5, 2016. The Weinstein Company said publicly that the film was a strong Academy Awards contender, and they wanted to show that a film like that could do well during the summer release season, instead of simply positioning it in the late fall or winter area, when most films considered "Oscar contenders" get "platform" releases, which go to larger numbers of screens near the end of the year, or at the start of the next year. But in July 2016, the Weinsteins decided to shift the film back into the "Oscar contenders" release path, and it opened in selected cities in December 2016 before getting a wide release in early January 2017. However, the film did not receive any Academy Award nominations. See more »

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When Michael Keaton (Ray Kroc) is signing contracts in the MacDonalds' lawyers office, a set of law books can be seen in the background. One of the volumes indicates the volumes are Federal Reporter, Second Series. One book is volume 434. This is a book of court decisions from 1970, approximately twenty years from the events depicted in the movie. See more »

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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 »

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Featured in The Ben Shapiro Show: Episode #1.400 (2017) See more »

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Mister Tap Toe
Written by Rich Dehr (as Richard Dehr), Terry Gilkyson, Frank Miller
Performed by Doris Day with Paul Weston and his Orchestra and The Norman Luboff Choir
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Fast Food Nation
4 December 2016 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Based on the true story of Ray Kroc, a traveling salesman who franchised the first family-owned McDonald's restaurant and turned it into the international conglomerate that it is today, 'The Founder' tells a fascinating slice of twentieth century history. The title is well chosen, hinting at the dynamic at the heart of the film with Kroc declaring himself the "founder" of McDonald's when in fact the idea of fast and efficient food service was never his to begin with - something that becomes a point of contention with the original owners. Michael Keaton is excellent in the lead role, exuding both charm and charisma while also always coming off as if he has something up his sleeve. There are several great shots throughout that linger on his face in close-up as he delivers persuasive sales pitches and there is a magnificent sequence late in the piece where several of his sermons in different locations are edited together to overlap as one big speech. Keaton also does well coming off as both victim and aggressor at varying points. At times, he comes across as an all-too-sympathetic underdog whose dreams are hindered by the McDonalds brothers' unwillingness to compromise in the name of progress. At other points, he seems insanely ruthless with how he circumvents everything in his way. Telling a similar slice of contemporary history, 'The Founder' is bound to be compared to 'The Social Network', to which it does not stack up as well, but it deserves to be considered as a film on its own. The storytelling approach here is more comedic than in the Facebook film and while 'The Founder' may have benefited from even more comedy to lighten the mood, it is an amusing film as it is - and a thought-provoking film when considers its basis in actual fact.


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