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The Founder
- Michael Keaton

Overview - This biopic of businessman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) chronicles his work transforming McDonald's from a small burger chain in 1950s California to a global franchise. Along the way, he wrests control of the company from its actual founders, the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), who believe that Kroc's business decisions are stripping the restaurant of its heart and soul.  Read more...

 
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Overview

This biopic of businessman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) chronicles his work transforming McDonald's from a small burger chain in 1950s California to a global franchise. Along the way, he wrests control of the company from its actual founders, the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), who believe that Kroc's business decisions are stripping the restaurant of its heart and soul. Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, and Patrick Wilson co-star. Directed by John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE, SAVING MR. BANKS).

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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 031398264095
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: April 2017

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Rags To Riches
Historical
Biographical

 
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"[A] compelling business procedural, rife with details about franchise laws, handshake agreements, and contract negotiations, plus plenty of the invaluable Michael Keaton." -- Grade: B - 12/09/2016 A.V. Club


"[A] sharp and satisfyingly fat-free account of how a wily salesman took a lucrative Southern California burger joint and turned it into the world’s biggest fast-food empire." - 12/07/2016 Los Angeles Times


4 stars out of 5 -- "THE FOUNDER is an absorbing and unexpectedly subtle movie about the genesis of the McDonald’s burger empire." - 01/16/2017 The Guardian


"Aside from critiques of economic systems, what makes THE FOUNDER captivating are its male performances. Keaton perfectly channels his live-wire energy into Kroc..." - 01/01/2017 Film Comment


3 stars out of 4 -- "THE FOUNDER is mesmerized by its hero, McDonald’s chain founder Ray Kroc, but horrified by how he built his empire. That kind of ambivalence is great; in fact it’s a hallmark of good drama." - 01/20/2017 RogerEbert.com


3 stars out of 4 -- "Keaton is firing on all cylinders in THE FOUNDER and he makes this electrifying film something to see." - 01/08/2017 Rolling Stone


"Keaton bites into the role with gusto -- his Ray Kroc knows he’s a crock, a Willy Loman who got lucky, but he lives for the hustle and he only respects those who value it too....THE FOUNDER is a solid, smart, worthwhile film..." - 01/20/2017 Boston Globe


"There’s something quintessentially American -- yet also distinctly unsavory -- about the origin story of McDonald’s....Ultimately, THE FOUNDER also is a story of betrayal, as Kroc cuts the McDonalds out of the business entirely." - 01/19/2017 Washington Post


"Keaton seems to have figured out long before everyone else that the tone is going to transmute swiftly, and it's impressive the way he ups the sleaze factor by subtle degrees early on." - 11/21/2016 Hollywood Reporter

 
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