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->''[[{{ArcWords}} Who is John Galt?]]''

''Atlas Shrugged'' is the first of an expected trilogy of films covering Creator/AynRand's book ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. It was released on April 15, 2011. The film was panned critically and was a [[BoxOfficeBomb flop financially]].

''Atlas Shrugged II'' was shot with a completely new cast, and opened on October 12, 2012. The film got ''[[FromBadToWorse an even worse critical reception]]'', and did more poorly at the box office.

For those of you still trying to avoid reading the {{Doorstopper}} of a book by watching the movies despite the quality, rejoice: ''Atlas Shrugged III - [[TakeThat Yes, There Are Enough Rich Conservatives To Bankroll This Turkey]]'' - is due out in July of 2014.

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!!These films provide examples of:
* BigNo: Dagny, after seeing Wyatt's oil fields in flame beyond a sign reading, "I am leaving it as I found it. Take over. It's yours."
* 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.
* TheCameo: [[Creator/PennandTeller Teller]], [[Main/FoxNewsChannel Sean Hannity, Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, and Tamara Holder]] make brief appearances in Part II.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Subverted. Eddie calls Dagny and tells her to turn on the TV for a report on a train wreck, but the first channel she turns to is just giving the stock report.
* 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]].
* DoingItForTheArt: Look above you at the critical reception of the film. It's obviously not being done for big bucks. It's for fans and would-be fans of Creator/AynRand. Conservative radio host Creator/JackHunter summed it up with this remark: "Objectively, it is a mediocre movie at best. Subjectively, it is one of the ''best mediocre movies you’ll ever see''"
* ExecutiveMeddling: the first film flops and they continue on but with an entirely new cast? Someone has a personal interest in this.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Creator/MichaelGross Burt Gummer]] is on the Taggart Transcontinental Board of Directors.
** [[Franchise/StarTrek The Doctor]] and [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]] work for the State Science Institute.
** [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Oswald]] is Quinten Daniels
** [[Series/JudgingAmy Bruce Van Exel]] is still playing assistant to overachieving women as Eddie Willers in Part II
** [[Series/NUMB3RS Don Eppes]] is set to be Hank Rearden in Part III.
* InMediasRes: ''Part II'' opens with Dagny chasing Quentin Daniels in her plane and then spends most of the remainder of the movie showing [[HowWeGotHere how things got there]].
* {{Irony}}[=/=]BrokenAesop: The movies, despite commercial neglect, are still being financed, going against Ayn Rand's message of letting the free market decide it's success.
** The third film being partially funded through Kickstarter only adds another layer of irony.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Or rather the ''lack'' of hills at Pittsburgh Municipal Airport in II.
* NotScreenedForCritics: The second film wasn't screened for critics, instead it was shown for the conservative Heritage Foundation and libertarian Cato Institute. Producer John Aglialaro claimed it was because [[BlatantLies professional movie critics had dubious integrity]]. Then the film actually came out and managed to do even worse than its predecessor did even without critics giving it early bad reviews.
* TheOtherDarrin: The ''entire cast'' was replaced for the second film.
* SchizoTech: Set in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2016]], trains reign supreme due to Galt's plan exacerbating the 2011 economic troubles, resulting in oil shortages.
* SequelHook: Invoked, as it's supposed to be a trilogy of films.
* WhoAreYou: Midas Mulligan's last words before he vanishes.
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