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. Sea to shining sea. 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: I’ve never seen a restaurant like this.
Joan Smith: [to Kroc] Good things come to those who wait.
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] You build an empire by owning the land. What you ought to be doing is owning the land upon which that burger is cooked. You’re not in the burger business, you’re 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: I could be growing this thing at twice the pay.
Dick McDonald: Let’s just slow down a minute.
Mac McDonald: Did he just hang up on you?
Dick McDonald: Unless we got violently disconnected.
Ray Kroc: [to Dick] I’m through with your endless parade of no’s.
Dick McDonald: There are plenty of things we could do to make a quick buck, but that doesn’t mean we should…
[Kroc hands up on him]
Dick McDonald: He hung up again.
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: Are you sure about that?
The Founder is set for release in the US January 20th and UK February 17th.