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The Founder Movie Quotes

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The Founder movie quotes help tell the story portrayed in the film about how Ray Kroc built the McDonald's fast food restaurant empire. Based on true events, the biographical drama was written by Robert D. Siegel and directed by John Lee Hancock. The Founder opened theatrically in the United States on January 20, 2017.

In The Founder movie quotes, viewers meet Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a low-level but insanely ambitious milkshake machine salesman. During a sales trip, Ray learns that one diner, McDonald's, has been buying his machines and decides to pay the restaurant a visit. What Ray sees there, as hosted by Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch, respectively), is a quick-service burger shop unlike no other.

Ray sees the potential of a restaurant like McDonald's and urges the brothers to open franchises around the country. But initially, Ray's deal with the McDonald brothers gives him even less control than it does money, so Ray looks for other ways to build an empire. On the advice of a financial consultant (B. J. Novak), Ray begins to buy the land on which McDonald's franchises sit, in turn taking over more control of the company. This not only causes a great deal of conflict between him and the McDonald brothers, but also is the first step in Ray taking over the corporation completely.

The Founder movie quotes give a peek inside the film just as quotes from other movies released around the same time do including for xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Split, Monster Trucks, and Sleepless.  

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    Did You Mortgage Our Home?

    Ray Kroc: How can we be almost out of capital?
    Ethel Fleming: Did you mortgage our home?

    Starting a restaurant empire isn't just difficult, but expensive. So after Ray mortgages his home, without wife Ethel's permission or knowledge, to support the business, a difficult situation for him to explain arises.

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      That Glorious Name

      Ray Kroc: That glorious name, McDonald's. I had to have it.
      Dick McDonald: You don't have it.
      Ray Kroc: You sure about that?

      In an awkward meeting in a restroom, Ray trades barbs with the McDonald's brothers in these The Founder movie quotes. While Ray might not have been born into the McDonald name, he certainly trademarked it and used it to build an empire.

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        I Want to Renegotiate

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        Ray Kroc: I want to renegotiate our lousy deal.
        Dick McDonald: I can't.
        Ray Kroc: Can't or won't?
        Dick McDonald: Ray
        Ray Kroc: What?!
        Dick McDonald: No!

        Initially, Ray signed a really crappy deal with the McDonald's brothers to build a chain of burger franchises. So when Ray grows tired of this deal, he pleads to renegotiate, but the response to the question isn't what he wanted.

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          You Build an Empire by Owning Land

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          Harry Sonneborn: You build an empire by owning the land. You're not in the burger business. You're in the real estate business.

          Frustrated by his current situation, Ray Kroc meets with financial consultant Harry Sonneborn in this The Founder movie quote. Harry urges Ray to look at himself more in the real estate business instead of the burger business.

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