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Atlas Shrugged (film series)

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

Atlas Shrugged
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • John Aglialoro
  • Brian Patrick O'Toole (Part I)
  • Brian Patrick O'Toole
  • Duke Sandefur
  • Duncan Scott (Part II)
  • John Aglialoro
  • Harmon Kaslow
  • J. James Manera (Part III)
Based on Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Starring See below
Music by
Edited by
The Strike Productions (I)
Distributed by
  • Rocky Mountain Pictures (Part I)
  • Atlas Distribution Company (Part II/III)
Release date
  • April 15, 2011 (2011-04-15) (Part I)
  • October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) (Part II)
  • September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12) (Part 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 whose effects is the focus of much of the series.

The trilogy received predominantly negative critical reviews[2] and the aggregate USA box office is just under $9 million (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 $4.5 million on a budget of under $20 million.[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, and had a USA box office of $3.3 million on a budget of under $10 million.[4] The third film, directed by J. James Manera, stars Laura Regan, Rob Morrow, Greg Germann, Kristoffer Polaha, Lew Temple and Joaquim de Almeida, and had a USA box office of less than $1 million on a budget of under $5 million.[5]



Role Films
Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Atlas Shrugged: Part II
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Director Paul Johansson John Putch J. James Manera
Producer(s) John Aglialoro
Harmon Kaslow
John Aglialoro
Harmon Kaslow
Jeff Freilich
John Aglialoro
Harmon Kaslow
Screenwriter(s) John Aglialoro
Brian Patrick O'Toole
Duke Sandefur
Brian Patrick O'Toole
Duncan Scott
J. James Manera
John Aglialoro
Harmon Kaslow
Composer(s) Elia Cmiral Chris Bacon
Ash Brown
Gregg Benedict
Elia Cmiral
Editor(s) Jim Flynn
Sherril Schlesinger
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


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