Atlas Shrugged: Part I

January 3rd, 2011


Atlas Shrugged: Part I

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A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.5/10 (4,549 voted)

Critic's Score: 28/100

Director: Paul Johansson

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Paul Johansson

It was great to be alive, once, but the world was perishing. Factories were shutting down, transportation was grinding to a halt, granaries were empty--and key people who had once kept it running were disappearing all over the country. As the lights winked out and the cities went cold, nothing was left to anyone but misery. No one knew how to stop it, no one understood why it was happening - except one woman, the operating executive of a once mighty transcontinental railroad, who suspects the answer may rest with a remarkable invention and the man who created it - a man who once said he would stop the motor of the world. Everything now depends on finding him and discovering the answer to the question on the lips of everyone as they whisper it in fear: Who *is* John Galt?

Writers: Ayn Rand, John Aglialoro

Taylor Schilling - Dagny Taggart
Paul Johansson - John Galt
Geoff Pierson - Midas Mulligan
Matthew Marsden - James Taggart
Edi Gathegi - Eddie Willers
Patrick Fischler - Paul Larkin
Armin Shimerman - Dr. Potter
Michael O'Keefe - Hugh Akston
Jon Polito - Orren Boyle
Grant Bowler - Henry Rearden
Michael Lerner - Wesley Mouch
Navid Negahban - Dr. Robert Stadler
Jsu Garcia - Francisco D'Anconia
Christina Pickles - Mother Rearden
Rebecca Wisocky - Lillian Rearden

Taglines: Who is John Galt?


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2011

Filming Locations: California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,686,347 (USA) (17 April 2011) (299 Screens)

Gross: $4,563,873 (USA) (15 May 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

According to Variety, The Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy spent years trying to bring the novel to the big screen, attracting the interest of Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway along the way.

Factual errors: The change of seasons in the Colorado scenes clearly do not match the dates shown in the film. The aspen trees are always shown at the beginning of their seasonal change, which would take place in late September and into October and would not be seen at other times.

John Galt: Midas Mulligan.
Midas Mulligan: Who's asking?
John Galt: Someone who knows what it's like to work for himself and not let others feed off the profits of his energy.
Midas Mulligan: That's funny. That's exactly what I've been thinking.
John Galt: We're alike, you and I.
Midas Mulligan: Who are you?

User Review

An exhilarating ride!

Rating: 10/10

It's been many years since I read Ayn Rand's iconic novel, but it all came back to me as I watched this movie unfold. Indeed, the characters have more depth and complexity in the movie version.

Most impressive is the production quality. I'm told this is a low budget movie, but it doesn't look that way. It is a visual treat.

The story line is true to the book but updated and set in a modern context that makes it feel fresh and exciting.

Every single performance is first rate, but the leads are truly standouts.

I can't wait for Parts II and III.


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