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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas
  • Directors: King Vidor
  • Writers: Ayn Rand
  • Producers: Henry Blanke
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 7 2006
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4A2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,402 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Kassan on March 7 2004
Format: VHS Tape
While it was based on Ayn Rand's book, Ayn Rand personally altered the story to adapt it to film. It is a great movie that really makes the viewer think about many things including individualism, selfishness, and even what is right and wrong. For many people who take these notions as given from a very young, questioning them with an adult mind is a good idea. If you enjoy this movie, be sure to pick up and read some of Ayn Rand's non-fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 27 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I'm not sure what planet Ayn Rand came from, but her dialog bears no relation to the way that people actually communicate.
Peter Keating: "Howard, I'm a parasite, I've lived off of other people all my life and hated myself for it".
Ellsworth Toohey: "I play the stock market of the mind, and I sell short".
Roarke's academic dean: "There's no place for originality in architecture, no one can improve on the buildings of the past, one can only learn to copy them. It's my duty as your dean to tell you that you'll never be an architect".
Are you serious Rand? These characters don't do a very good job of selling your philosophy because they're so absurdly unbelievable.
People are rioting in the streets because an architect dares to be different? Howard Rourke agrees to design a housing project for the poor anonymously, allowing the hapless Peter Keating get all the credit for it, than blows it up because changes have made to the original design? Isn't blowing up a building a felony and shouldn't he have done a little time in the clink for this?
This movie hasn't aged well, to be kind.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M J Miller on March 4 2001
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Whatever you thought of the book - and I loved it - this film adaptation is a failure. The casting, the screenplay (in which Rand herself had a hand) fail to do the book justice. For the definitive film adaptation of Ayn Rand, I highly recommend the Italian-made "We The Living".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SEC on Dec 6 1998
Format: VHS Tape
The Ayn Rand Institute should hunt down every copy of this video and destroy it. If you've read the book and haven't yet seen the movie... don't. The characters are shallow and the storyline is, well, to be desired. All I know is I loved the book and practically cried when I saw what a mess they made of the movie. But that's just my opinion. SEC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. DiMaggio on Oct. 27 2000
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The late Ayn Rand was the supreme proof of George Orwell's comment that only intellectuals can come up with certain ideas, because no ordinary person could be so stupid. This film, which is, quite simply, the most unintentionally funny movie I have ever seen,is valuable only because it shows clearly why so many people who ranted (her name really should have been Ayn Rant)about the (very real) horrors of Communism in the years after World War One eventually wound up snugly in the grasp of Herr Schicklgruber and his little elves. (And, yes, I know that Rand wasn't herself a Nazi; she just played one in print -- and here, on screen.) Cooper's architect is an embodiment of the way Hitler saw himself: a Promethean creator, rejected by the Establishment that didn't know a genius when it saw one.It's hard to know which of the film's many inanities is the choicest. The idea that a "yellow"(i.e.,tabloid)newspaper could get the masses of New York worked up into a riotous frenzy over -- ARCHITECTURAL STYLES????? The proposition that, even after years of getting high-profile commissions, Cooper is STILL helplessly at the mercy of unfeeling mediocrities, who can kill off his entire career with one press release? The notion that one can be put on trial for the crime of not following mass taste?(In AMERICA????? -- where the biggest problem has always been ESTABLISHING a tradition, not breaking free of one.)And, of course, like any good fascist, Miss Rand never concerns herself with corny old concepts like right and wrong. ("Beyond Good and Evil", doncha know.)Cooper actually DID commit the act of vandalism for which he is tried; yet his acquittal is treated like a triumph of justice(presumably because no one Miss Rand cared about happened to get caught in that explosion he set off).Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 10 1998
Format: VHS Tape
The novel was actually an interesting study of pre-libertarian libertarian philosophy (objectivism/egoism...not egotism). Characters and plot were good in the novel. Even if one disagrees with the super-onesided argument against socialism (which I did), one can value the strength of Rand's arguments in the book...and enjoy the plot. Not so with the movie: poor (over)acting (reminded me of the pre-talkies over emoting), poor scipt (perhaps unavoidable when trying to condense SO much into a film format), and just dated ideas (such as a woman needed to be raped to enjoy sex), etc. I would not even consider it a B-movie classic, rather a TERRIBLE "A" movie.
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Format: DVD
A great movie, romantic and stuck to the essence of the book. Ayn Rand personally wrote the condensed script for the movie. The result is a very real Howard Roark,a great romance and inspirational piece.
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Ayn Rand's masterpiece novel loses none of its plot and pace in this, somewhat shorter, film production. The theme of the film is: the individual verses the collective. And the individual, in this case played by Gary Cooper in the form of Howard Roark, is brilliantly portrayed through a sense of self-belief, determination and sheer ability. His ideological opposite, Elsworthy Toohey, is also well acted and personifies the evil collectivist who renounces all individual achievements and believes that men should act as their brother's keepers. Then there are in-between characters too - those of mixed premises - such as Gail Wynand and Dominique Francon. All of these dramatic individuals play their part in a compelling and well thought through story.
Perhaps one of the most impressive (although unsurprising given the author) facets of the film is that it actually has an underlying message: it's not merely a concoction of disjointed and pointless scenes. The climax and meaning to the whole story can be found in Roark's own testimony at his court case: his statement and explanation that man exists for his own sake, not for the sake of others.
This is definitely a film for those who believe in the hero of man the creator, though it will, almost certainly, be too close for comfort for the collectivist crowd!
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