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Based on the novel by philosopher Ayn Rand, this is the story of architect Howard Roark. An idealist, Roark believes he can balance his values with the needs of society. His mentor disagrees - encouraging him to compromise his integrity rather than suffer for his artistic goals. Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0) Subtitles: English, Spanish, French Dubbed: French Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Warner Home Video DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006 Run Time: 112 minutes

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars The Disappointment 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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1.0 out of 5 stars One word: Injustice! Dec 6 1998
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars "Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascist" 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Fountainhead Fans April 29 2011
By Shane
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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5.0 out of 5 stars To the glory of man! Jan. 13 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of people with principles
I read the book a long time ago and it affected me a great deal. I read all I could get of this author and I still like her and the movie depicted the story very closely
Published 12 months ago by Lofflerova
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Hookum and a pure joy!
As an Architect, my opinion is biased by actual experience in this field, but, this movie made me laugh so hard the first time I saw it, it became one of my all time favorites. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Victor A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
If you liked the book... get this movie.
Published on Aug. 15 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay film but full of prejudices
The movie itself as an artistic film still holds up well, though it may not reach the heights of some other great Vidor films such as The Crowd. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars A movie with a BIG MESSAGE!
And then some... There doesn't seem to be one line in this film (or in the book) that doesn't telegraph Rand's "philosophy" like a punch to the proboscis. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top expressionist romp
Absolutely enjoyable melodrama extraordinaire played with relish by all concerned. One favourite moment is when Patricia Neal is caught at home during business hours by her... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2002 by Ian Muldoon
3.0 out of 5 stars See it if you haven't read the book, else skip it.
I was introduced to the work of Ayn Rand through her masterpiece
novel, "The Fountainhead. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2002 by Howard Roark
4.0 out of 5 stars Faithful and yet too faithful the book.
The strong points in this film are the cinematography, the music score, the set design, and the faithfulness to the book. Read more
Published on June 15 2002 by S Smyth
4.0 out of 5 stars a good movie
the fountainhead is a good movie as far as it goes. having just read the book again, i realize that a lot of characters and events are missing, which would have made the movie... Read more
Published on June 10 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Very stiff acting
I guess some people might see Ayn Rand's characters as without emotion... but the acting in this film is very stiff. Read more
Published on May 29 2002
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