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
He took someone else's idea and America ate it up.
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20 January 2017 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $3,404,102
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Musician Mark Knopfler wrote and recorded a song about Ray Kroc called "Boom Like That" because he was inspired by Kroc's autobiography. The song appears on Knopfler's album Shangri-La. 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
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