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Set in what Novelist and Philosopher Ayn Rand called 'the day after tomorrow', Atlas Shrugged depicts an America in crisis, brought to its knees by a corrupt establishment of government regulators and businessmen with political pull - the 'looters' and the 'moochers' - who prey on individual achievement.

Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged looks into Rand's background for the ideas and philosophy that inspired and shaped her novel and seeks to determine whether America is indeed headed for the disastrous outcome she predicted.

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"Compelling and superb!" --TheReelCritic.com

"...a dystopian cautionary tale about a future USA." --The Boston Phoenix

"Guaranteed to start arguments in the parking lot." --Box Office Magazine

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  • Actors: John Allison, Clifford Asness, Rajia Baroudi, Mike Berliner, Andrew Bernstein
  • Directors: Chris Mortensen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006XF2VAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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187 of 203 people found the following review helpful By blountinstrument on February 9, 2012
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This independently produced documentary is the story of Atlas Shrugged, including what led Rand to write it, how it was received by critics (loathed), by readers (loved), how it's remained a bestseller year after year for over half a century now and how - horrors! - the novel's scenario is being played out today in real life. Rand said: 'Identify a society's core philosophy and you can predict its future.' The film early on raises the question: how did she know fifty some years ago what America was going to be like today? And then goes on to examine the change in American thinking that took place over the course of the 20th century that led us to where we are now. Those unfamiliar with Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism might be surprised or not agree with her ideas but there's plenty to think about here. And you don't have to have read the book - or any Rand book - to get a lot out of it. Highly recommended for Atlas fans and those looking to familiarize themselves with Rand's ideas and their relationship to today's headlines.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dale Daniel on August 12, 2012
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Ayn Rand predicted the kind of world that would result if her philosophy (Objectivism) was not accepted and adopted by the western world, especially the USA. Her prophetic prose have come to pass, according to this video. Rand predicted a world where crony capitalism would rule the USA while politicians lied to the people about what they were doing... or going to do. She prophesied a world where people who produced anything were subject to rapacious government obligations and taxes while the economy languished in a swallow of high taxes and government restrictions. All this has come to pass, according to Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand's prophecy is now upon us and we are reaping what we have sown. She warned, in the 1960's, what would happen if the USA and the west did not depart from its course of government intrusion upon the productive people... upon the thinkers and producers... upon the free mind. This documentary contends that all this is now a fact and we are suffering mightily because of it.

Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus; the summation of her philosophy of objectivism. This documentary, to be really good, has to sum up that philosophy well. Does it do that? I think the summary of objectivism is well done, but somewhat lacking in the in depth and quality needed to fully explain her philosophy and its outcomes. Ayn Rand was an unrestricted capitalist. Government had to get totally out of the economic system so it can sprint along propelled by the energy of free minds. But she was also an atheist who rejected any idea of God (god) as mystic. She thought that production was the key reason and purpose of humanity. The documentary does not go into Rand's ideas that throughly.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Mary Wilbur on April 10, 2012
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If you have heard about "Atlas Shrugged" and Ayn Rand but haven't had the time or the patience to read the book, then this documentary is for you. It's a brief and concise account of Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism as presented in her novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." It also gives a brief account of Ayn Rand's life, the writing of "Atlas Shrugged," its critical reception (universally panned) and its commercial success. It has not been out of print since it was originally published, and since the financial crisis and recession has sold several hundred thousand copies every year for the simmple reason that much of what she predicted has come true. Unless we pull back from the brink, it is very likely that the full dystopian world of "Atlas Shrugged" will arrive by mid-century.
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83 of 103 people found the following review helpful By haroldo on February 6, 2012
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The documentary, at times, felt like an infomercial for the book (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but that's the only negative. It's a bit of a refresher course on Atlas, it provides great insight into Rand's goal, adds to ones understanding of the book and helps dovetail her prophecy with the world we live in today. If you took the time to read the book (which clearly was a major commitment) another 90 minutes won't be that difficult.
The documentary also walks you through Ayn Rand's life and helps the viewer understand why she wrote the book.
The movie reminded me that I need to go out and find new people who might learn from the book. As I left the theater, I actually considered reading it a third time...thankfully, I quickly came to my senses (LOL!)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judah Levi VINE VOICE on November 18, 2012
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In observing the new rise of collectivism and socialism in the United States, you definitely get the feeling that Ayn Rand was absolutely correct in her books. The takers start outnumbering the makers and things go downhill from there. Business is demonized. Capitalism is called evil. People are treated as groups, not as individuals. This is certainly the direction of the country now.

But Ayn Rand was not right about everything (her ideas on religion were biased) and there is a good chance her "prophecies" will not become completely accurate. If they do, the United States will certainly become a Third World country dominated by other countries who adopted our former economic system. My view is that we will learn our lessons from collectivism and too big and too intrusive government to eventually turn things around. At least that is my hope.

Ayn Rand's ideas are always worth listening to. You will broaden your mind.
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