The Founder

The Founder

DVD - 2017
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Tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
Publisher: Canada :, Distributed exclusively in Canada by Elevation Pictures Corp :, Remstar Films,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (1 hr., 55 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
2.40:1 widescreen, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 26, 2020

We've seen many biopics over the years, but one that highlights the McDonald's shenanigans has been thrown away into the docudrama template. Thankfully, director John Lee Hancock does a great job of translating it to the cinematic medium. As the crux of the narrative hasn't been explored much, the film consistently brims with freshness. The screenplay is very focused (and well-paced) and maintains the storytelling focus throughout the narrative whilst retaining measured quantities of other elements. There are excellent moments, like when Ray Kroc is first exposed to the McDonald's restaurant. The film oozes nostalgia with the use of a vintage background score. Michael Keaton is fabulous in his role, and he delivers one of the finest performances I've seen in a while. However, compared to him, the other characters pale in comparison both in casting and acting. The dialogue, which starts off as witty, soon turns into long passages of unwanted exposition. Some characters feel underwritten compared to others, and that's more disappointing when they had a great role to play in the real-life incident. However, when the result is a gripping drama with a brilliant performance from the lead, these flaws are trivial. Rating - 3.5/5
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The founder is the first biopic (I believe that’s the right term) I’ve ever watched, and I think not only the movie, but the overall concept is brilliant. No one wants to watch older half burnt footage of a choppy depiction of the first McDonald’s restaurant, sure it may be interesting briefly, but a full movie would become boring. With the biopic setting and actors we recognize, the storytelling experience is elevated. Keaton does an excellent job of portraying the role of a man who at first was just interested in a good burger, to a power-hungry capitalist taking over what he once saw sacred. The film is excellently paced, and the characters seem well portrayed enough. 4/5
@Rook of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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iloveseaotters
Sep 30, 2020

****Spoilers****
I don't know how much of this movie was truthful, but it didn't paint Ray Kroc in a very good light. When the movie begins, he's a struggling salesman, barely able to make ends meet while trying to sell equipment. But once he meets the McDonald's brothers, he becomes kind of cynical and I found myself on their side instead of his. I was always under the impression that Ray Kroc came up with the concept of McDonald's on his own, so this movie was intriguing (if in fact it's truthful). It implies that he basically stole the McDonald's brothers concept out from under them and franchised it as his own.
I'm not a fan of McDonald's and this movie made me feel even less inclined to eat there, but I really enjoyed it. The ending kind of left me a bit confused as to what had actually happened because it ended before I was ready. I think it should have explained a little more but I did like seeing the credits and finding out what happened to the real people.
Michael Keaton, whom I absolutely love, was wonderful in the title role and should be commended. I also loved seeing BJ Novak as Harry J Sonneborn. Jr. I recognized him immediately from "Saving Mr. Banks" where he played Robert Sherman. It seems that he's made for playing characters in nostalgic movies-and that's a compliment.
All around, a great movie and I wish they would make more movies like this-about how restaurant makers (like Dave Thomas of Wendy's, etc) got their start.

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JackieDaytona
Apr 20, 2020

What's so interesting about this movie is how it allows balance between Kroc's ambition and his deep character flaws. It's a movie about the rise of a real big business and yet you are allowed to be angry at how it got where it got and root for the underdogs who got pushed out. Lesser biopics would have more heavily censored the darker side of capitalism. Also Michael Keaton is perfectly cast.

JCLHeatherM Jun 29, 2019

This biopic covers Ray Croc's rags to riches story, from humble beginnings as a mostly unsuccessful travelling salesman to founding the McDonalds Empire, and cutting out the McDonald brothers in the process. Rather than paint him as 100% good or evil, it's up to the viewer to decide how Ray Croc should be remembered: visionary or ruthless businessman.

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Dolly9433
Apr 22, 2019

LOVED IT! LOVED IT! AND LOVED IT !
It was a very, "INSPIRATIONAL", Fact-Based, and AMBITIOUS film. Enjoyed it immensely and may watch it again in the future; I think business people & enterpreneurs, will really enjoy it. It was VERY well made with its realistic ups & downs portrayed in life and all businesses in general. The enormity of it is that McDonalds', is still thriving to this day all around the world: if it did not turn a profit then they would all shut-down. He was a very smart, ambitious and BIG man! So much so, that he even bought out the 2 squirmy, little brothers (with about 3 Mill.! back then), who didn't know what hit them until the end. :) lol.... Thx.

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shayla_00k
Apr 06, 2019

An entrepreneurial perspective worth watching. Guess how much 1% of McDonald's annual royalties equated to, according the facts given at the time of this movie!

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oktexchic
Mar 20, 2019

Michael Keaton does a great job. This is a movie about McDonalds that left me with mixed emotions.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Mar 05, 2019

Why aren't there more laws on crooked business structures? Worth watching to learn from other's mistakes. But I think all profit to this movie should go to charity.

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fpsutka
Nov 21, 2018

I enjoyed this film very much and am recommending it to family and friends. Michael Keaton was great in the leading role! I actually do eat at MacDonalds once or twice a year!

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2018

The founder(s) had imperfect moral characters as portrayed but deserved accolades for their business acumen, ingenuity, persistence and ambition that revolutionized the fast food restaurants, for better or worse. The appending link to "The Founder Movie vs True Story," with photos between real characters and their actors, seemed to validate that the film was based on known facts with a couple of minor changes.

http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/founder/

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2018

Near the film’s beginning, not in IMDb:
Persistence. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent won't. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won't. Unrewarded genius is practically a cliché. Education won't.
The world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful. Show that you don't have to be defeated by anything. That you can have peace of mind, improved health... and a never-ceasing flow of energy. If you attempt each and every day to achieve these things... the results will make themselves obvious to you. While it may sound like a magical notion... it is in you to create your own future. The greatest discovery of my generation is... that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind. Or as Ralph Waldo Emerson declared, "a man is what he thinks about all day long."

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2018

^^^SPOILER ALERT^^^

What you ought to be doing... is buying up plots of land... then turning around and leasing said plots to franchisees. Who as a condition of their deal... should be permitted to lease from you, and you alone. This will provide you with two things.
1. A steady up front revenue stream... money flows in before the first stake is in the ground.
2. Greater capital for expansion. Which in turn fuels further land aquisition... which in turn fuels further expansion... and so on, and so on.
Land. That's where the money is. And more than that, control. Control over the franchisee. Fail to uphold quality standards, you cancel their lease. Control over Dick and Mac. End result, you'll have the banks and the franchisees in the palm of your hand.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2018

Hi, welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order?
- Yeah, I'll have a hamburger, french fries, and a Coca-Cola.
That'll be 35 cents please.
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You think big, don't ya Joan?
-Is there any other way to?
Well, you'd be surprised. A lot of people are afraid of taking a chance to, you know, reach for greatness.
-That's so sad.
I agree. Ambition. That's the stuff in life. What was that saying? Fortune favors the bold.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2018

Quotes below and many more are in IMDb:
Now, I know what you're thinkin'. How the heck does a 52 year old, over-the-hill milkshake machine salesman... build a fast food empire with 16,000 restaurants, in 50 states, in 5 foreign countries... with an annual revenue of in the neighborhood of $700,000,000.00... One word... PERSISTENCE. Nothing in this world can take the place of good old persistence. Talent won't. Nothing's more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won't. Unrecognized genius is practically a cliché. Education won't. Why the world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2018

You know, contracts are like hearts... they're made to be broken.
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Mr. Kroc, if you're not making money hand over fist, something's terribly wrong.
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It's all bluster, Dick. His bark is worse than his bite.
-That's what Neville Chamberlain said.
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If phony powdered milkshakes is your idea of progress you have a profound misunderstand of what McDonald's is about.
- I have a far greater understanding of McDonald's than you two yokles.

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reginator_22
Jan 14, 2018

Ray Kroc: If I saw a competitor drowning, I'd shove a hose down his throat.

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