A History of McDonald’s at the Movies

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A History of McDonald's at the Movies

A brief history of McDonald’s at the movies

The Weinstein Company‘s The Founder has officially hit limited release and, like its basis, will be available everywhere in January. The film tells the controversial story of the “founding” of McDonald’s restaurants, but it’s not the first time that the fast food joint has been featured on the big screen. Through our meticulous research, we’ve gone through the reels of footage to document the history of McDonald’s at the movies and the surprising places that it and its products show up. Check it out below!

Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks), The Founder features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

The film also stars Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, John Carroll Lynch, and Nick Offerman. The Founder will open in wide release on January 20, 2017.

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