1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. ...
You've had their food, but do you know their secrets?
See more »
20 January 2017 (USA)
See more »
Opening Weekend USA: $3,404,102,
22 January 2017
Gross USA: $12,786,053
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $24,121,245
See more on IMDbPro »
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
See full technical specs
Did You Know?
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2014 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more
The "Piggie Park BBQ" that Ray unsuccessfully tries to sell a mixer to is extremely weathered, with paint peeling off the underside of the drive-in awning and rusted metal visible in numerous places. The sign proudly announces that the restaurant had been open "Since 1950", which would only have been 4 years prior to the events of the film, an awfully short amount of time for the establishment to become as run down as it is seen. See more
I know what you're thinkin'... What the heck do I need a 5-spindle for... when I barely sell enough milkshakes to justify my single-spindle. Right? Wrong. Are you familiar with the notion of the chicken or the egg Mr. Griffith, I mentioned... that there'd be costs. Well, I think it applies here. Do you not need the multimixer because, well heck, you're not selling enough milkshakes. Or are you not selling enough milkshakes because you don't have a multimixer? I firmly believe it's ...
During the opening/closing credits, the real Ray A Kroc is heard giving an interview about how he came to buy out McDonald's. See more
Mister Tap Toe
Written by Rich Dehr
(as Richard Dehr), Terry Gilkyson
, Frank Miller
Performed by Doris Day
with Paul Weston
and his Orchestra and The Norman Luboff Choir
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more