Starring: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak, Linda Cardellini, Wilbur Fitzgerald
Bio-drama directed by John Lee Hancock which tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, teamed with two brothers, Richard and Maurice “Mac” McDonald Nick Offerman and John Caroll Lynch), who were operating a hamburger restaurant in southern California in the 1950s to launch a fast food chain. Kroc subtly maneuvers himself into a position to take control of their company, which grows into one of the world’s best-known brands and creates a billion-dollar empire.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Ray Kroc: I know what you’re thinking, how the heck does a fifty-two year-old, over the hill, milkshake machine salesman build a fast food empire with sixteen hundred restaurants and an annual revenue of seven hundred million dollar? One word: persistence.
June Martino: Prince Castle Sales.
Ray Kroc: Hi, June.
June Martino: Ray, how’s it going it down there?
Ray Kroc: Good. Swell. A lot of interest.
June Martino: We got an order. Six mixers.
Ray Kroc: To anywhere in particular?
Mac McDonald: [to Kroc] McDonald’s. Care for a little tour?
Mac McDonald: We wanted something different and that’s when my brother here comes up with one of his brilliant ideas.
Dick McDonald: Orders ready in thirty seconds, not thirty minutes.
Ray Kroc: Unique, original, there’s nothing like this.
Ethel Kroc: It’s revolutionary?
Ray Kroc: That’s exactly what it is, it’s revolutionary.
[pointing to the painting in their office]
Ray Kroc: What is that?
Dick McDonald: The Golden Arches.
Mac McDonald: It’s a way to make the place standout.
Ray Kroc: There should be McDonald’s everywhere. Let’s franchise the damn thing.
Dick McDonald: Mr. Kroc…
Ray Kroc: Franchise. Franchise. Franchise.
[to Dick and Mac]
Ray Kroc: McDonald’s can be the new American church, and it ain’t just open on Sundays, boys.
Ray Kroc: How can we be almost out of capital?
Ethel Kroc: [to Kroc] Did you mortgage our home? We could lose everything.
Ray Kroc: I want to renegotiate my lousy deal.
Dick McDonald: I can’t.
Ray Kroc: Can’t or won’t?
Dick McDonald: Ray.
Ray Kroc: What!
Dick McDonald: No!
Ray Kroc: Dammit!
[slams down the phone]
Harry Sonneborn: [to Kroc] What you ought to be doing is owning the land upon which that burger is cooked. You’re not in the burger business; you are in the real estate business.
Dick McDonald: Franchise Realty Corporation.
Ray Kroc: It’s its own separate company, which puts it outside your purview.
Dick McDonald: [to Mac] There’s a wolf in the hen house, we let him in!
Ethel Kroc: When’s enough going to be enough for you?
Ray Kroc: Probably never.
Dick McDonald: You are to stop this instant.
Ray Kroc: Through taking orders from you.
Dick McDonald: You have a contract!
Ray Kroc: Contracts are like hearts, they’re made to be broken.
Ray Kroc: Business is war. It’s dog eat dog, rat eat rat. I want to take the future, I want to win.
Ray Kroc: They’re brothers, you’re business partners, make it go away. I don’t care what it takes.
Ray Kroc: That glorious name, McDonald’s. I had to have it.
Dick McDonald: You don’t have it.
Ray Kroc: You sure about that?
The Founder is set for release in the US January 20th and UK February 17th.