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: [Toronto] : Elevation Pictures, ©2017.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
digital, video, surround, rda
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This is a great film featuring an amazing performance by Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, "the founder" of fast-food behemoth McDonald's. The viewer comes away with a keener appreciation of the bizarre, vicious underpinning of our capitalist society. Kroc was a devotee of Norman Vincent Peal's THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, which allowed him to paper over the widely practiced immorality of the American businessman, captured in the infamous Kroc quote: “It’s dog eat dog, rat eat rat. If my competitor were drowning, I’d walk over and put a hose right in his mouth.” The Weinstein Company makes reliably good movies.

Sep 22, 2017

What a theiveing piece of .......... work

Sep 18, 2017

An interesting story about what is, for many, the American Dream. Ray Kroc is persistent & this film demonstrates the consequences of his persistence. The dates & times are not always clear, & they fail to mention the IPO in 1965; presumably the entire film takes place before this important event. Keaton does a believable portrayal of Kroc, & the McDonald brothers legitimately gain sympathy from the viewer as they are steamrolled by Kroc's energy & persistence. Kroc's self-help record is actually a mash up of the power of positive thinking & a speech by Calvin Coolidge.

Sep 15, 2017

Ruthless but that is what it takes to become a corporation. You can't become a billionaire by being a nice guy. One line in the movie particularly stayed with me. The main character said, 'I'm the type of person that if I see a person drowning I would put a hose in his mouth.' Based on the history of the 'founder' there is no doubt why their workers make the bare minimum to survive.

Sep 14, 2017

I think of this movie everytime I go into a McDonalds now. I have great disdain for Kroc and respect the McDonalds brothers for their ingeuity. A great film, well presented, interesting and did make me reflect on many different ideas after watching it.

Sep 13, 2017

Very well done for a horrifying story.

Sep 06, 2017

Interesting movie-it deals with the complexities and morality of American corporate life versus " the American Dream ". I'd say it offers up some valuable perspectives.

Sep 01, 2017


Aug 29, 2017

Keaton is nasty in this one, foul mouth, mean.

Aug 22, 2017

Good movie. Not completely accurate. The Macdonald brothers had twenty franchises when Kroc came along. The man who was selling the franchise's for them became iĺl. Kroc took over. Joan was Krocs 3rd wife. He had a daughter from his first marriage who died in 1973. She gave a lot of money away after he died to charities. She still had a lot if money to live a jet setting type life. Without Kroc the Macdonald brothers probably wouldn't have grown to the international level it is now. They couldn't see ahead and were inflexible.

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Jul 28, 2017

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