1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. ...
Based on the true story
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20 January 2017 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $3,404,102,
22 January 2017
Gross USA: $12,786,053
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $24,121,245
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
In the lounge scene, Michael Keaton sang the song "Pennies from Heaven" while playing the piano with Linda Cardellini (Joan Smith-Kroc). For the film Jack Frost (1999), he was also the lead singer for the song "Have a Little Faith", along with playing harmonica, both times displaying his musical talent alongside his acting talent. See more
The "Minnesota Is McDonald's Country" banner at McDonald's Minneapolis location is printed in the font ITC Machine, which was released in 1970. See more
I know what you're thinkin'... What the heck do I need a 5-spindle for... when I barely sell enough milkshakes to justify my single-spindle. Right? Wrong. Are you familiar with the notion of the chicken or the egg Mr. Griffith, I mentioned... that there'd be costs. Well, I think it applies here. Do you not need the multimixer because, well heck, you're not selling enough milkshakes. Or are you not selling enough milkshakes because you don't have a multimixer? I firmly believe it's ...
During the opening/closing credits, the real Ray A Kroc is heard giving an interview about how he came to buy out McDonald's. See more
In Spite of Everything
Written and performed by Larry Goldings See more