• The Founder (2017)

The Founder

Release Date: January 20th, 2017

DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2017

PG-13 |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), 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. Kroc soon maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a multi-billion dollar empire.

Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson, Justin Randell Brooke

Director: John Lee Hancock

Genres: Drama , Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: The Weinstein Company, Faliro House, The Combine, FilmNation Entertainment

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: Wife , Spirited , 1950s , Gripping , Rivalry , Rise , Transformation , Pursuit , Brother ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mr. Keaton’s performance is fascinating from beginning to end, and the movie around him is entertaining in fits and starts. Ultimately, though, it’s a tough sell, a biopic with an uncertain tone that doesn’t know what to make of its subject. show more

  • 75
    Tirdad DerakhshaniPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Michael Keaton has this incredible, I’m-at-the-edge-of-the-abyss look that should be taught as "the hangdog" in drama school. show more

  • 80
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    The extent of Kroc’s greed is The Founder’s unique playing card, and John Lee Hancock delivers it with a depressingly special sauce. show more

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