History Trivia / AtlasShrugged

2nd Nov '16 4:46:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaliforniaDoubling: One of the great things about this movie's depiction of Wisconsin and its sequel's depiction of Woodstock, NY and Pittsburgh, PA is [[Film/AustinPowers how they look NOTHING at all like Southern California]].
10th Oct '16 12:07:29 PM MAI742
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* UnderminedByReality: A story about how the markets will inevitably select the most skilled and deserving people to succeed flopped horribly in all three parts. Plus, the crew had to resort to Kickstarter to raise money for the third film, when asking others for help is a big no-no in Objectivism. There is a difference between a ''loan'', a ''bailout'' and ''charity''. Which one the films fall under is the reason this example is here.

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* UnderminedByReality: A story about how built upon the markets will inevitably select premise that in the absence of government 'interference', 'market forces' always make the most skilled and deserving people to succeed successful flopped horribly in all three parts. Plus, the crew had to resort to Kickstarter to raise money for the third film, when asking others for help is a big no-no in Objectivism. There is a difference between a ''loan'', a ''bailout'' ''bailout'', and ''charity''. Which one the films fall under is the reason this example is here.
1st May '16 3:19:33 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* CastingGag: One of Dagny's enemies is played the actor who was both [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]], an alien whose [[PlanetOfHats "Hat"]] is greed and business prowess, and [[VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}} Andrew Ryan]], a parody of Ayn Rand.



* TheOtherDarrin: The ''entire cast'' changes between all three films. In particular, Dagny Taggart starts out being played by Taylor Schilling in the first film, then is played by Samantha Mathis in the second film, and Laura Regan in the third.

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* TheOtherDarrin: The ''entire cast'' changes between all three films. In particular, Dagny Taggart starts out being played by Taylor Schilling in the first film, then is played by Samantha Mathis in the second film, and Laura Regan in the third.third.
* UnderminedByReality: A story about how the markets will inevitably select the most skilled and deserving people to succeed flopped horribly in all three parts. Plus, the crew had to resort to Kickstarter to raise money for the third film, when asking others for help is a big no-no in Objectivism. There is a difference between a ''loan'', a ''bailout'' and ''charity''. Which one the films fall under is the reason this example is here.
6th Apr '16 11:53:21 AM rjd1922
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* ExecutiveMeddling: the first film flops and they continue on but with an entirely new cast? Someone has a personal interest in this.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: the The first film flops and they continue on but with an entirely new cast? Someone has a personal interest in this.
6th Apr '16 11:52:22 AM rjd1922
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* AshCanCopy: Millionaire investor John Aglialoro bought an 18-year long option on the book, and tried to pitch it to various studios throughout the 90s and the 00s. With his options set to expire, Aglialoro sunk much of his personal fortune in financing the first installment in the hopes of a higher budget for the next installments. It didn't work out the way he wanted to.

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* AshCanCopy: AshcanCopy: Millionaire investor John Aglialoro bought an 18-year long option on the book, and tried to pitch it to various studios throughout the 90s and the 00s. With his options set to expire, Aglialoro sunk much of his personal fortune in financing the first installment in the hopes of a higher budget for the next installments. It didn't work out the way he wanted to.



** SavedFromDevelopmentHell: There were two failed attempts in TheSeventies to turn it into a MiniSeries -- the first one fell through when Creator/AynRand wasn't able to secure final script approval, while the second one had a finished script (with Rand's approval), written by screenwriting legend Creator/StirlingSilliphant (of ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and ''Series/{{Route 66}}'' fame), and was gearing up for production at Creator/{{NBC}}, but that too was halted after Fred Silverman came to power at the network. Rand started work on her own script, but [[AuthorExistenceFailure she died]] with only a third of it finished. The film rights switched hands multiple times in the ensuing decades, and at one point such stars as AngelinaJolie, BradPitt, Creator/CharlizeTheron, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/AnneHathaway and RussellCrowe were all attached. All of their deals, however, fell through, and the current rights-holders rushed through an independently-financed production [[MoneyDearBoy in order to prevent the film rights from reverting to the Rand estate]]. The result, released in 2011 as ''Atlas Shrugged: Part I'', was critically thrashed and went largely ignored even by the conservatives and libertarians that its marketing aggressively courted.

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** SavedFromDevelopmentHell: There were two failed attempts in TheSeventies to turn it into a MiniSeries -- the first one fell through when Creator/AynRand wasn't able to secure final script approval, while the second one had a finished script (with Rand's approval), written by screenwriting legend Creator/StirlingSilliphant (of ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and ''Series/{{Route 66}}'' fame), and was gearing up for production at Creator/{{NBC}}, but that too was halted after Fred Silverman came to power at the network. Rand started work on her own script, but [[AuthorExistenceFailure she died]] with only a third of it finished. The film rights switched hands multiple times in the ensuing decades, and at one point such stars as AngelinaJolie, BradPitt, Creator/CharlizeTheron, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/AnneHathaway and RussellCrowe were all attached. All of their deals, however, fell through, and the current rights-holders rushed through an independently-financed production [[MoneyDearBoy [[AshcanCopy in order to prevent the film rights from reverting to the Rand estate]]. The result, released in 2011 as ''Atlas Shrugged: Part I'', was critically thrashed and went largely ignored even by the conservatives and libertarians that its marketing aggressively courted.
2nd Apr '16 7:30:55 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Paul Larkin is [[Series/MadMen Jimmy Barret]]! Some scientist (Dr. Potter in the book) is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Principal Snyder]] / [[VideoGame/{{Bioshock1}} Andrew Ryan]] / [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]]!
** Dr. Robert Stadler (in the second movie, anyway) is [[Series/StarTrekVoyager The Doc / Emergency Medical Hologram / Emergency Command Hologram / Dr. Zimmerman]]!
** Who knew that Dagny Taggart would later [[Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack go to jail for drug smuggling]]?
*** FridgeBrilliance: Decriminalization of recreational drugs is a pet cause of many Libertarian thinkers, due to it being a relatively-victimless crime and a very naturalistic supply-and-demand-driven market.
** A truly hilarious one--Quentin Daniels, the brilliant young physicist, is [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Oswald]] from the Drew Carey Show/[[Film/OfficeSpace Lawrence]] from Office Space!
** Still the assistant to powerful women, Eddie Willers is [[Series/JudgingAmy Bruce]] from Judging Amy.
** Teller makes a cameo in the second film.
21st Nov '15 9:05:26 AM Doug86
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** SavedFromDevelopmentHell: There were two failed attempts in TheSeventies to turn it into a MiniSeries -- the first one fell through when Creator/AynRand wasn't able to secure final script approval, while the second one had a finished script (with Rand's approval), written by screenwriting legend Creator/StirlingSilliphant (of ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and ''Series/{{Route66}}'' fame), and was gearing up for production at Creator/{{NBC}}, but that too was halted after Fred Silverman came to power at the network. Rand started work on her own script, but [[AuthorExistenceFailure she died]] with only a third of it finished. The film rights switched hands multiple times in the ensuing decades, and at one point such stars as AngelinaJolie, BradPitt, Creator/CharlizeTheron, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/AnneHathaway and RussellCrowe were all attached. All of their deals, however, fell through, and the current rights-holders rushed through an independently-financed production [[MoneyDearBoy in order to prevent the film rights from reverting to the Rand estate]]. The result, released in 2011 as ''Atlas Shrugged: Part I'', was critically thrashed and went largely ignored even by the conservatives and libertarians that its marketing aggressively courted.

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** SavedFromDevelopmentHell: There were two failed attempts in TheSeventies to turn it into a MiniSeries -- the first one fell through when Creator/AynRand wasn't able to secure final script approval, while the second one had a finished script (with Rand's approval), written by screenwriting legend Creator/StirlingSilliphant (of ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and ''Series/{{Route66}}'' ''Series/{{Route 66}}'' fame), and was gearing up for production at Creator/{{NBC}}, but that too was halted after Fred Silverman came to power at the network. Rand started work on her own script, but [[AuthorExistenceFailure she died]] with only a third of it finished. The film rights switched hands multiple times in the ensuing decades, and at one point such stars as AngelinaJolie, BradPitt, Creator/CharlizeTheron, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/AnneHathaway and RussellCrowe were all attached. All of their deals, however, fell through, and the current rights-holders rushed through an independently-financed production [[MoneyDearBoy in order to prevent the film rights from reverting to the Rand estate]]. The result, released in 2011 as ''Atlas Shrugged: Part I'', was critically thrashed and went largely ignored even by the conservatives and libertarians that its marketing aggressively courted.



* HeyItsThatGuy: Paul Larkin is [[MadMen Jimmy Barret]]! Some scientist (Dr. Potter in the book) is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Principal Snyder]] / [[VideoGame/{{Bioshock1}} Andrew Ryan]] / [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]]!

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Paul Larkin is [[MadMen [[Series/MadMen Jimmy Barret]]! Some scientist (Dr. Potter in the book) is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Principal Snyder]] / [[VideoGame/{{Bioshock1}} Andrew Ryan]] / [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]]!



** A truly hilarious one--Quentin Daniels, the brilliant young physicist, is [[TheDrewCareyShow Oswald]] from the Drew Carey Show/[[OfficeSpace Lawrence]] from Office Space!

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** A truly hilarious one--Quentin Daniels, the brilliant young physicist, is [[TheDrewCareyShow [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Oswald]] from the Drew Carey Show/[[OfficeSpace Show/[[Film/OfficeSpace Lawrence]] from Office Space!



** Though, seeing the CriticalDissonance section on the AtlasShrugged YMMV page, (the first film had 11% support from critics and ''74%'' from viewers) [[ProperlyParanoid maybe they had a point]].

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** Though, seeing the CriticalDissonance section on the AtlasShrugged Atlas Shrugged YMMV page, (the first film had 11% support from critics and ''74%'' from viewers) [[ProperlyParanoid maybe they had a point]].
7th Aug '15 1:40:16 PM allium
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\n* TechnologyMarchesOn: A "super-color-four-foot-screen television set" is mentioned as being "erected" in a public park like it was some sort of monument; today you can get one for a few hundred dollars and mount it on your wall in an hour or so.

26th Jun '15 1:26:35 PM BadSplice
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* BoxOfficeBomb: All three films were miserable financial failures, with none of them even making back its budget:

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* AshCanCopy: Millionaire investor John Aglialoro bought an 18-year long option on the book, and tried to pitch it to various studios throughout the 90s and the 00s. With his options set to expire, Aglialoro sunk much of his personal fortune in financing the first installment in the hopes of a higher budget for the next installments. It didn't work out the way he wanted to.
* BoxOfficeBomb: All three films were miserable financial failures, with none of them even making back its budget:their budgets despite the budgets for each continually being slashed in half:



** ... to make a first part of a faithful three-part adaptation. With US$ 20 million budget and US$ 4.7 million revenue after 5 weeks in theaters, the trilogy's future is questionable.


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* MeaningfulReleaseDate: The first installment came out on Tax Day in the US, while the second installment came out near the 2012 elections.
14th May '15 1:40:36 AM RushLimborg
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Paul Larkin is [[MadMen Jimmy Barret]]! Some scientist (Dr. Potter in the book) is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Principal Snyder]] / [[VideoGame/Bioshock1 Andrew Ryan]] / [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]]!

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Paul Larkin is [[MadMen Jimmy Barret]]! Some scientist (Dr. Potter in the book) is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Principal Snyder]] / [[VideoGame/Bioshock1 [[VideoGame/{{Bioshock1}} Andrew Ryan]] / [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]]!
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