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Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 15 April 2011 (USA)
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Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States.

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Paul Johansson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Schilling ... Dagny Taggart
Grant Bowler ... Henry 'Hank' Rearden
Matthew Marsden ... James Taggart
Edi Gathegi ... Eddie Willers
Jsu Garcia ... Francisco D'Anconia
Graham Beckel ... Ellis Wyatt
Jon Polito ... Orren Boyle
Patrick Fischler ... Paul Larkin
Rebecca Wisocky ... Lillian Rearden
Michael Lerner ... Wesley Mouch
Neill Barry ... Phillip Rearden
Christina Pickles ... Mother Rearden
Paul Johansson ... John Galt
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Herbert Mowen
Steven Chester Prince ... Engineer
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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlas Shrugged: Part I See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,686,347, 17 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,752,353
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Atlas Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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On the cover of the Scandinavian DVD release, the title is misspelled as "Atlas Schrugged". See more »

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In the opening minute of the movie describing the economic turmoil taking place in 2016, there is a quick image of an article from Trinzinca dated "Sunday, 18 June 2016". June 18, 2016 was a Saturday, not Sunday. See more »

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Dr. Potter: [Dr. Potter speaking to billionaire Henry Rearden who lives in huge mansions and throwing lavish parties] Why is it so important for you to struggle for year after year, squeezing out meager gains rather than accept a fortune for Rearden Metal?
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Polonaise in A Flat Major
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Performed by Yu Zhang
Produced by Marc Koslovsky
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Read This Before Seeing This Film:
23 January 2012 | by apostasy362See all my reviews

Having read the book, seen the movie, and read a representative sample of user reviews, I feel I can confidently make a few points that may help those who haven't seen the movie yet.

The negative user reviews found here can all be placed in one of three distinct categories: (1. Those who disagree with Rand's philosophy for whatever personal reasons they have and would despise the movie for that reason alone, even if it were a cinematic masterpiece (it's not -- not bad under the circumstances, but "The Fountainhead" it's not); (2. Those who agree with Rand's philosophy and enjoyed the book, but are repulsed by the relatively low-budget treatment of the film and the somewhat stunted screen writing that isn't entirely faithful to the original work, and (3. Those who are completely ignorant of Rand's work and are seeing the film and judging it in a relative vacuum (these negative reviews do, in my opinion, have a certain merit inasmuch as the film doesn't really stand on its own as something that would appeal to the general movie-going audience).

That said, I enjoyed the movie. I agree with Rand's philosophy (not the "all-about-me" world view that her dissenters accuse her of espousing), so seeing it on the big screen is refreshing for me. The main faults I find with it are no doubt due to condensing roughly 350-400 pages of book into about 90 minutes of film without butchering it beyond recognition (films adapted from Stephen King's works generally have the same faults) compounded by a woefully inadequate budget. That the finished product came out as good as it did (budget limitations notwithstanding) is a testament to the production team.

In summary, the book is far superior to the movie (as is almost always the case), but I found the movie to be, frankly, a better adaptation than I expected and well worth seeing -- if one can identify with or at least appreciate the ideology presented.


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