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Atlas Shrugged (film series)

Atlas Shrugged is a trilogy of American science fiction drama films. The films, based on Ayn Rand's 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, are subtitled Part I (2011), Part II (2012), and Part III (2014).

Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Part I:
  • John Aglialoro
  • Brian Patrick O'Toole
  • Part II:
  • Brian Patrick O'Toole
  • Duke Sandefur
  • Duncan Scott
  • Part III:
  • John Aglialoro
  • Harmon Kaslow
  • J. James Manera
Based on Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Starring See below
Music by
Edited by
The Strike Productions (I)
Distributed by
  • Part I:
  • Rocky Mountain Pictures
  • Parts II and III:
  • Atlas Distribution Company
Release date
  • April 15, 2011 (2011-04-15) (I)
  • October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) (II)
  • September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12) (III)
Running time
313 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million
Box office $8.8 million[1]

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[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]



Part IEdit

See production

Part IIEdit

See production

Part IIIEdit

See production



Character(s) Actor
Part I
Part II
Part III
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)[6] 28 (19 critics)[7] $20 million[8] $4,627,375[1]
Atlas Shrugged: Part II October 12, 2012 4% (23 reviews)[9] 26 (11 critics)[10] $10 million[11] $3,336,053[1]
Atlas Shrugged: Part III September 26, 2014 0% (10 reviews)[12] 9 (7 critics)[13] $5 million[14] $846,704[1]

Home mediaEdit

Part I was released via DVD and Blu-ray on November 8, 2011; Part II on February 19, 2013; and Part III on January 6, 2015.


External linksEdit