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The Founder (2016)
Synopsis: This drama tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a 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. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

INT. ED’S DRIVE-IN - KITCHEN - DAY

The kitchen of a drive-in restaurant outside St. Louis. It’s

1954. Traveling salesman RAY KROC (52) stands before a sample

MIXING MACHINE, making his pitch to the OWNER.

RAY KROC:

Now, I know what you’re thinking:

“What the heck do I need a five-

spindle for? I barely sell enough

shakes to justify my single

spindle.” Right? Wrong.

(BEAT)

Mr. Paulsen, are you familiar with

the notion of the chicken and the

egg? I mention it because I believe

it’s applicable here: Do you not

need a Multimixer because you’re

not selling enough milk shakes? Or

are you not selling enough milk

shakes because you don’t have a

Multimixer? I firmly believe it’s

the latter. You see, your

customers, they know that if they

order a shake from your

establishment, it’s going to be a

terrific wait. They’ve ordered one

before, and by golly they’re not

gonna make that mistake again. But

if you had, say, a Prince Castle-

brand five-spindle Multimixer with

patented direct-drive electric

motor, you could greatly increase

your ability to produce delicious,

frosty milk shakes fast. And before

long, mark my words, dollars to

donuts, you’d be selling more of

those suckers than you can shake a

stick at. Increase supply, demand

will follow. Chicken and the egg.

You follow my logic? Of course you

do. You’re a bright, forward-

thinking fella who knows a good

idea when he hears it.

(BEAT)

So whaddaya say?

ON THE OWNER-- pondering thoughtfully.

OWNER:

Nah.

(BEAT)

Thanks anyway.

2.

EXT. ED’S DRIVE-IN - PARKING LOT - SHORT TIME LATER

Kroc lugs the heavy Mulitmixer back to his car. He lifts it

into the trunk, wincing from his bad back.

INT. KROC’S CAR - MOMENTS LATER

Kroc sits in his car checking his APPOINTMENT BOOK. His next

sales call:
DEE DEE’S DRIVE-IN - 1 P.M.

He checks his watch. It’s 12:05. He turns on the car, pulls

into a customer spot in front of Ed’s Drive-In.

He looks at the MENU BOARD, taking in the vast, seemingly

random assortment of items: BBQ beef sandwiches, hot tamales,

peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chili dogs, etc.

INT. KROC’S CAR - SHORT TIME LATER

Kroc sits in his car, waiting for his food. He looks at his

watch. It’s 12:50. He lets out a heaving, exasperated sigh.

KROC’S POV, the view out his windshield: a rowdy TEEN-HANGOUT

SCENE. Rock-and-roll blasting from cars; female CARHOPS on

rollerskates dodging grabby male patrons; leather-jacketed,

cigarette-smoking hoodlums smacking each other around.

Kroc is the oldest customer by a mile--and seemingly the only

one with anywhere to be. He HONKS his horn, summoning his

CARHOP. She comes skating over holding a tray of Cokes.

RAY KROC:

Miss, how much longer?

CARHOP GIRL:

Should be any minute.

RAY KROC:

You said that 20 minutes ago.

CARHOP GIRL:

I’m sorry, we’re real-

She JUMPS-SQUEALS, startled. The tray of Cokes goes flying

into the car, SPILLING ALL OVER KROC’S LAP. Several glasses

and plates fall on the ground, SHATTERING.

Carhop Girl spins around, sees a GUY behind her cracking up.

He just pinched her butt.

3.

CARHOP:

Dennis!

(re:
Kroc, soaked)

Look what you made me do!

DENNIS:

Sorry, gramps.

Dennis scampers off toward his pack of laughing friends. The

carhop goes chasing after him, mad but not actually mad.

ON KROC-- looking down at the pool of bubbly brown liquid in

his lap. He HONKS, leans out the window.

RAY KROC:

Could I get some napkins?

No one hears him.

INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

ANGLE ON the pants drying on the shower’s curtain rod.

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Robert D. Siegel

Robert D. Siegel (born November 12, 1971) is an American screenwriter for The Onion Movie and The Wrestler, as well as the writer and director of Big Fan. more…

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