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The Founder [DVD] [2016]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (348 out of 349)

    Special Features


    • Behind-the-scenes gallery (featurettes)
    • Press conference

    Synopsis


    The Founder
    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). ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Michael Keaton
      Michael Keaton - Ray Kroc
    • Nick Offerman
      Nick Offerman - Dick McDonald
    • John Carroll Lynch
      John Carroll Lynch - Mac McDonald
    • Linda Cardellini
      Linda Cardellini - Joan Smith
    • Patrick Wilson
      Patrick Wilson - Rollie Smith



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 349 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Keaton Makes the Revolting Irresistible

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      VandyPrice
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      In The Founder, Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc favors the saying, "fortune favors the bold," but the question that comes to mind as the The Founder reaches its denouement and shows us not just what Kroc became in the professional world, but who he became as a person is just how bold was this guy? As it turns out, quite. There were risks involved in his journey that were never guaranteed to pay off and he arguably had a vision no one else did-or at least the balls no one else had to risk it all. In the end, fortune obviously favors Ray Kroc, but at what expense to his humanity and decency? Some may say such things don't matter when you're worth $500 million, but in those final moments of The Founder where Kroc rehearses lines for a speech he stole from old motivational records when his wife, who he also stole, walks into the room and he catches her eye that there is a hint of self-awareness; of knowing that there was a price for all that he now looked down upon. Keaton, in all his charming and endearing glory, snaps his face out of the thought that dazed him only for a moment as if to say such was a price he'd gladly pay again and again. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence he tells himself-not talent, not education-persistence. It is in this train of thought, this idea that Kroc is never complacent or content with his life that confounds though as the movie that now tells his life story tends to air on the side of being exactly that-content. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) The Founder is a perfectly acceptable slice of cinema as it is obviously well-crafted, hits all the right notes, and features a handful of appealing performances with Keaton being a whirlwind of as much sly charm as he can possibly muster-carrying this thing across the finish line with ease. It's not that there is anything particularly bad about the film, but there isn't anything that is rather exceptional either. Instead, The Founder more or less delivers what is expected of a biopic these days with only slight indications that there was a deeper, more cutting ambition to the project that maybe took a backseat to safety. There have been many a comparisons between The Social Network and this film with its protagonists being ruthless men who take ideas from smaller thinking men and turn them into multi-billion dollar businesses, but where David Fincher's film had a specific tone and a certain state of mind that was in place from the get-go, The Founder never feels as personal or alluring. It, ironically, never feels bold enough to transcend its genre lines.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great look into one of America's fast food chains

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      Astrotrain
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      I was not sure what kind of movie this would be going into it. It has a serious and dramatic tone with some comical elements thrown in to keep the mood from getting too intense. The story of how McDonald's came to be is great to see on the big screen. This may seem like a silly or pointless movie, because it's about a fast food restaurant, but we get an amazing performance from Micheal Keaton. This movie shows how one man's ambition and determination can help accomplish any dream or goal. Really this movie shows how you can find success through hard work and perseverance. The only downside is that Micheal Keaton's character has to resort to using underhanded tricks to finally accomplish his goal. He succeeds, but ends up destroying a family's legacy in the process. This a great movie because it shows all the set backs and hurdles you have to go through to finally make it big in the world. Just be careful because you may end up stepping on other people to achieve your fame and glory.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Worth a watch

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      Tacforce7
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      For those who don't know how McDonalds became a national and then a global corporation, The Founder is a fun movie based on the true story of how Ray Croc saw an opportunity with a small burger joint in San Bernardino, CA. Yes, it's a lot of Hollywood but it gives someone unfamiliar with the whole franchise concept. Carl's Jr. (Hardee's) and Taco Bell had their start in California but how fast these chains grew nationally was one story, whereas how McDonald's grew into an empire is the subject of this movie. Face paced and fun, the movie is full of energy focusing on the positive and omits a lot of the ugliness between Kroc the McDonald family.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie you know we all always wondered

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      CcuChris
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      This is a great movie in itself but if you ever worked at McDonald's and hey who did not look more seriously you took the job the more interesting this movie because I don't want to give away any spoilers but in the end he stole it depending on your opinion he stole it. Michael Keaton is really believable and upon meeting second wife Joan it is unspoken but you just know they will end up together and they do. We saw it on one of our last date so I had to buy it to remember him by it is one of the few things I have left I miss you . Another thing we have in common interest and quirky things that other people would just say oh that's neat

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      HIghly informative & entertaining.

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      JoeK1900
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      A very brutally honest movie based on how Ray Kroc took McDonalds from a local business & turned it into the juggernaut it is now. Michael Keaton is incredible as Kroc portraying how ambitious & ruthless he was. You can admire Kroc & hate him at the same time. The rest of the cast (Larua Dern, Nick Offerman, etc.) are just as great. They really capture the 50's era & how innovative the McDonalds brothers were with the Fast Food Restaurant concept. The Blu Ray has some good behind the scenes extras with the best being the building of an 50's style McDonalds. The only negative is there is no commentary.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Story Of Early McDonalds

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      bigbaddave777
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      I'd seen this movie advertised during its theatrical run but wasn't able to make it out to a theater to see it as its release was small. Finally caught this movie when it was on sale and did something I don't usually do which is buy without having already seen it... always a little bit of a risk but thankfully it was worth what I paid for it. The story of Ray Kroc and his drive to make McDonalds a nationwide... and years later... a worldwide brand. Michael Keaton does a good job portraying Kroc and the supporting cast did a great job in their roles as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Inside look at the origins of a business behemoth

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      Videojane
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      I know someone who delivered office furniture to McDonald's Corporation from when it was just "a one girl office" to when it took up multiple floors of a downtown Chicago office building, so I was motivated to see this movie. It is a very interesting story of a struggling salesman who discovered his business killer instinct. There were many elements and people that led to the success of McDonald's, and this movie fleshes out many of the details. I found the story to be quite fascinating as well as a bit horrifying. Excellent casting!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good, informative biography movie

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      Eric8855
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      I liked how Ray Croc was portrayed by Michael Keaton. I especially liked how good and wise the McDonald brothers appeared to have been, to have created an ultra-economic way to make fast food, and I liked Croc's drive to FRANCHISE McDonald's. The down side of the film was Ray Croc's apparent loss of ethics later on in the film. But what I liked the best, at the end of the film, was when THE REAL Ray Croc was shown, as were THE REAL McDonald brothers, and THE REAL other significant characters in the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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