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      The Fountainhead

      Released Jul 2, 1949 1h 54m Drama List
      83% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 74% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Unconventional and arrogant architect Howard Roark (Gary Cooper) sees himself as misunderstood, having been openly criticized by writer Ellsworth Toohey (Robert Douglas). Taking a job at a quarry in lieu of compromising his vision, Roark becomes involved with rich, married socialite Dominique Francon (Patricia Neal). As he struggles to preserve his ideals and projects while competing for the heart of a married woman, Roark's reactions become increasingly complex and dramatic. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 14 Buy Now

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      Nell Minow Movie Mom Potboiler of potboilers. Rated: 4/5 Jul 26, 2003 Full Review Nick Davis Nick's Flick Picks The Fountainhead is by turns exciting, handsome, astoundingly awkward, fully committed, untowardly relentless, very strange, and a little creepy in its compulsive watchability. Rated: B Jan 20, 2012 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com King Vidor's melodrama about individualism and creativity works better as cinema than as literature (it's based on Rand's novel). Rated: B+ Jul 15, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's the kind of dazzling film, shot in a fascinating German Expressionist style, that veers from being silly to being provocative. Rated: B Oct 6, 2008 Full Review James Sanford Kalamazoo Gazette It remains one of the strangest and most florid pictures of its time, possibly of all time. It's also immensely enjoyable and startlingly steamy... a stylish, fascinating curio. Rated: 3/4 Jan 12, 2007 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Irresistibly campy Ayn Rand adaptation. Rated: 3/5 Nov 11, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Despite the cast I found it rather dull. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/07/24 Full Review David S The Fountainhead is one of my favorite books. This movie was like watching a synopsis. There's no way to compare it to the quality of the book. The movie is like 1/100th of 1% of the book. And yet, I gave it 3 stars because it was the best that could be done for a movie of around 2 hours from the 1940s. And I gave it 3 stars because the screenplay was written by Ayn Rand. If I were her I would not have allowed the movie to be made. But I'm not her. She must have had her reasons. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/14/23 Full Review Eric W Terrific. Great job casting and hitting character notes on the head. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/07/23 Full Review robert r I have seen this picture on TV then when DVDs came out I could see this picture to my heart's content. I loved the movie. The physical attraction between Roark & Francon did not seem as well planned as in other pictures but quite passible. Liked Henry Hull. Somehow he strikes the right chord with me. I also liked the theme about individualism and the final court speech that Roark gives. It was well done. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member How can King Vidor have directed two of the all time stinkers in the same year? The Fountainhead and Beyond the Forest (the bomb that ended Bette Davis' tenure at Warners) are both turgid overwrought and overacted melodramas. Both however are strangely fascinating today. Based on the unreadable and pretentious novel by Ann Rynd, who also wrote the screenplay, the novel is boiled down to silly over the top dialogue which is mostly shouted between the characters. Patricia Neal, fresh from the Bette Davis eye rolling school, gives it her all. I was actually thinking Miss Davis would have really chewed the scenery in this potboiler, but she was a bit too old. Warners purchased the novel for Barbara Stanwyck, but by the time they got around to making it she was deemed too old. It's preposterous really, because Gary Cooper was older than Stanwyck and twice Neal's age! Cooper gives his usual stolid performance. It's strangely watchable and entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member anarchoindividualism Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Unconventional and arrogant architect Howard Roark (Gary Cooper) sees himself as misunderstood, having been openly criticized by writer Ellsworth Toohey (Robert Douglas). Taking a job at a quarry in lieu of compromising his vision, Roark becomes involved with rich, married socialite Dominique Francon (Patricia Neal). As he struggles to preserve his ideals and projects while competing for the heart of a married woman, Roark's reactions become increasingly complex and dramatic.
      Director
      King Vidor
      Screenwriter
      Ayn Rand, Ayn Rand
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers, First National Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 2, 1949, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 54m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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