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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 one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

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Dick McDonald
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Mac McDonald
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Harry J. Sonneborn
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Fred Turner
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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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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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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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20 January 2017 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,404,102 (USA) (20 January 2017)

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$11,205,243 (USA) (10 February 2017)
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The film's wide release date was originally moved from November 25th to August 5th in 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/winter area when most films that are considered "Oscar contenders" get "platform" releases that go to larger numbers of screens near the end of one year or at the very start of the next one. However, in July TWC decided to shift the film back into the "Oscar contenders" release path, and it will now open in select cities in December 2016 before getting a wide release in early January 2017. See more »

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When Ray is driving toward Phoenix, the highway is marked "U.S. Route 17". U.S. 17 runs from Virginia to Florida; it does not go into Arizona at all. See more »

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Ray Kroc: You know what - contracts are like hearts, they are made to be broken.
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I'm Not Like I Used To Be
Written by Robert Shad
Performed by The Dixieaires
Courtesy of Mainstream Time Records Group, INC.
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Ray Krocs road to creating the Famous fast food chain "McDonalds
28 November 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Movie: Ray Kroc, the founder of the massive fast food chain that we all know; McDonalds, well not really, more like the "franchiser?" The founder is based off Ray Kroc who made McDonalds famous and what we know it as today. One thing though, I was uneasy about the fact that Ray Kroc was not the founder of McDonalds, what he did was spread franchises of the restaurant. This movie caught my attention to go watch because I thought; there hasn't been a movie about a fast food chain origin so I was interested in seeing what the movie was like. I have looked into the subject before and I do recommend they do the story of Colonel Sanders, the creator of KFC.

Actors and Directors: Michael Keaton as the main role was great for Ray Kroc, the role was originally meant to be given to Tom Hanks but he turned down the role. John Lee Hancock as the director was acceptable, the things he could have done that would of made the movie better would be the progress of McDonalds after Ray Kroc bought the McDonalds brothers out of the business, like this all happened during 1950s where they only sold hamburgers, fries and milkshakes so they could of added the other menu items they added on like the Big Mac and Mc-nuggets and other menu items. They also could have added the original Ronald McDonald, which was kind of creepy. Things like this could have made the movie better and more entertaining.

Feedback: If you are interested in the subject of this movie, I recommend you go check it out for yourself and what you thought of the movie. If you are just looking for a movie to watch, this is an okay option. Obviously the movie is based on a true story and is based off the golden arches we all know today. To be honest when I went to go see the movie, I had kind of higher expectations for the movie but the movie was still a great watch. The most fun thing about it was going to McDonalds after the movie to eat a burger and fries. With IMDb giving a score of 7.7/10 and Rotten Tomatoes giving 92%, I rate this movie a 7.1/10.


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