Atlas Shrugged (film series)
Theatrical release poster
|Based on||Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
The Strike Productions (I)
|Box office||$8.8 million|
The screenplays are written by John Aglialoro and Brian Patrick O'Toole (Part I); Duke Sandefur, O'Toole, and Duncan Scott (Part II); and J. James Manera, Harmon Kaslow, and Aglialoro (Part III). The films take place in a dystopian United States, wherein many of society's most prominent and successful industrialists abandon their fortunes and the nation itself, in response to aggressive new regulations, whereupon most vital industries collapse.
In Part I, railroad executive Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) and steel mogul Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler) form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States. In Part II, Taggart (Samantha Mathis) and Rearden (Jason Beghe) search desperately for the inventor of a revolutionary motor as the U.S. government continues to spread its control over the national economy. In Part III, Taggart (Laura Regan) and Rearden (Rob Morrow) come into contact with the man responsible for the strike which much of the series focuses on the effects of.
The critics were not kind to the trilogy and the aggregate USA box office is just under $9M (revenues do not include video and television). The first film, directed by Paul Johansson, stars Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Johansson, Graham Beckel, and Jsu Garcia was released in April 2011 and had a USA box office of $4.5M on a budget of under $5M. Most of the marketing was done online. The second film, directed by John Putch, stars Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Patrick Fabian, D.B. Sweeney, and Esai Morales had a USA box office of $3.3M on a budget of under $10M. The third film, directed by J. James Manera, stars Laura Regan, Rob Morrow, Greg Germann, Kristoffer Polaha, Lew Temple, and Joaquim de Almeida had a USA box office of less than $1M on a budget of under $5M.
|Atlas Shrugged: Part I
|Atlas Shrugged: Part II
|Atlas Shrugged: Part III
|Director||Paul Johansson||John Putch||J. James Manera|
Brian Patrick O'Toole
Brian Patrick O'Toole
|J. James Manera
|Composer(s)||Elia Cmiral||Chris P. Bacon
|John Gilbert||Tony Ciccone|
|Cinematographer||Ross Berryman||Gale Tattersall|
|Production company(s)||The Strike Productions||Either Or Productions||N/A|
|Distributor(s)||Rocky Mountain Pictures
20th Century Fox
|Atlas Distribution Company|
|Runtime||102 minutes||112 minutes||99 minutes|
|Release date||April 15, 2011||October 12, 2012||September 12, 2014|
|Dagny Taggart||Taylor Schilling||Samantha Mathis||Laura Regan|
|Henry "Hank" Rearden||Grant Bowler||Jason Beghe||Rob Morrow|
|James Taggart||Matthew Marsden||Patrick Fabian||Greg Germann|
|John Galt||Paul Johansson||D.B. Sweeney||Kristoffer Polaha|
|Ellis Wyatt||Graham Beckel||Graham Beckel (image only)||Lew Temple|
|Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebastián d'Anconia||Jsu Garcia||Esai Morales||Joaquim de Almeida|
|Wesley Mouch||Michael Lerner||Paul McCrane||Louis Herthum|
|Edwin "Eddie" Willers||Edi Gathegi||Richard T. Jones||Dominic Daniel|
|Cherryl Taggart (née Brooks)||Mercedes Connor||Larisa Oleynik|
|Lillian Rearden||Rebecca Wisocky||Kim Rhodes|
|Philip Rearden||Neill Barry|
|Owen Kellogg||Ethan Cohn|
|Eugene Lawson||Rob Brownstein||Phil Valentine|
|Midas Mulligan||Geoff Pierson||Mark Moses|
|Dr. Robert Stadler||Navid Negahban||Robert Picardo||Neil Dickson|
|Orren Boyle||Jon Polito|
All three films received overwhelmingly negative reviews, criticizing their poor writing, lackluster acting, and bad filming and editing processes.
|Film||Release date||Rotten Tomatoes rating||Metacritic rating||Budget||Gross|
|Atlas Shrugged: Part I||April 15, 2011||10% (48 reviews)||28 (19 critics)||$20 million||$4,627,375|
|Atlas Shrugged: Part II||October 12, 2012||4% (23 reviews)||26 (11 critics)||$10 million||$3,336,053|
|Atlas Shrugged: Part III||September 26, 2014||0% (10 reviews)||9 (7 critics)||$5 million||$846,704|
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