The Founder (2016)

The Founder (2016)

Rating: 7.2/10 from 82,613 users
Runtime: 115 min
Genre: Biography / Drama / History | 2016 | 20 Jan 2017 (USA)

1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. Unlike most of Ray's customers who will only require one five-spindle milkshake maker at any given time, the McDonald brothers end up purchasing eight machines for their single restaurant. Primarily on Dick's initiative, the brothers have redesigned the whole concept of the drive-in restaurant to focus on quality food through a smaller menu of only the most popular items (hamburgers, fries, sodas), consistency in product so that customers know what to expect from time to time, change in the target market from lounging teenagers to families, and perhaps most importantly speed in having any order ready within seconds, many of these goals achievable through assembly line styled production. They had tried franchising previously, but failed in that they lost control over many of those aspects which made their San Bernardino restaurant successful. Despite believing Ray a bit off kilter (in other words, crazy), the McDonald brothers somewhat hesitantly enter into a contract with him to be their head of franchising. Ray's experience in the job is not without its problems, especially as his franchisees seem to be making more money than he is, he who is only breaking even. He is not averse to advancing ideas provided to him to get ahead - original ideas which are not his forte - he seeing the brothers as his biggest problem in they thinking small. These differences lead to a standoff between Ray and the brothers, the former who has a different goal for "his" business in profit and stoking his own ego seemingly his main priorities. Written by Huggo

The Founder

Director: John Lee Hancock

Writer: Robert D. Siegel

Company: FilmNation Entertainment

Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Country: United States

Creator: n/A

Location: Coweta County, Georgia Administration Building parking lot, 22 East Broad Street Newnan, Georgia, USA


Seasons: n/A

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Tagline: He took someone else's idea and America ate it up.

User Review: 208

Writer: Robert D. Siegel

Cast: Michael Keaton / Nick Offerman / John Carroll Lynch / Linda Cardellini / B.J. Novak / Laura Dern / Justin Randell Brooke / Kate Kneeland / Patrick Wilson / Griff Furst / Wilbur Fitzgerald / David de Vries / Andrew Benator / Cara Mantella / Randall Taylor / Lacey King / Jeremy Madden / Rebecca Ray / Adam Rosenberg / Jacinte Blankenship / Charles Green / David Silverman / Mike Pniewski / Catherine Dyer / Susan Williams / Franco Castan / Kenny Alfonso / Kabby Borders / Nicolette Goetz / Lauren Denham / Abbey Ferrell / Mathias Alvarez / Victor McCay / Steve Coulter / Ric Reitz / Joy Glover Walters / Makabe Ganey / Jody Thompson / Chris Greene / Kimberly Banta / Devon Ogden / Gerald Duckworth / Jen Cohen / David Zyler / Joseph Sanfelippo / Emmy Allin / Kimberly Battista / Bradley Bowen / Marshall Choka / Marc Crandlemire / Kemuel Crossty / Mark Falvo / Tracy Goode / Travis Gore / Brice Anthony Heller / Josh Henry / Cody Howard / Marie Joelyn / Perry Johnson / Kendall Kiker / Omar Lagudali / Hayley H. Long / Dan Mulvaney / Tommy O'Brien / Afemo Omilami / Anna Phillips / Valeri Rogers / Patti Schellhaas / Donna Sexton / Carla Shinall / Clay Stokes / Doug Stroup / Kristi Von / Glenn Walkup / Conrad Whitaker

Language: English