Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike

Synopsis: The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment tops 24%. Gas is $42 per gallon. Railroads are the main transportation. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, are mysteriously disappearing. Dagny Taggart, COO of Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered an answer to the mounting energy crisis - a prototype of a motor that draws energy from static electricity. But, until she finds its creator, it's useless. It's a race against time. And someone is watching.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director(s): John Putch
Production: Atlas Distribution
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Who is John Galt?

Who is John Galt?

"A device that draws static electricity

from the atmosphere

and converts it to usable power,

harvesting limitless energy

without fossil fuels."

We wouldn't need centralized power.

It would end the global

depression in a year. Maybe less.

Imagine, Miss Taggart!

I do, every day.

Get that.

You say you and Henry Rearden

found it in an abandoned car factory?

Yes. In the laboratory of the

Twentieth Century Motor Company.

- Who holds the patent?

- None was ever filed.

You could file for it.

I don't want to claim credit

for something I didn't create.

I just want it to work.

You're a person of uncommon

character these days.

There seems to be an element missing,

a converter, transformer...

I'm not sure.

It might only exist in the mind

of the inventor. If you could find...

But you haven't found him,

or you wouldn't have called me.

I know your distaste for my work

at the State Science Institute.

With no evidence, you declare

Rearden Metal unsafe,

just to keep me from

building the John Galt Line.

But you built it anyway.


I was wrong, I know that now.

- There was enormous political pressure.

- Dr. Stadler,

can you think of anyone

who could have conceived of this?

A scientist, an engineer...

maybe ten years ago?

Someone this brilliant would

surely have caught my attention.

Can you think of anyone now,

anyone left who could bring it to life?

Finding a great mind has been

increasingly difficult

since the disappearances.

We've lost many of

the best and brightest.

I could take the device

to the State Science Institute.

There are still some resources...

Of course not.

That would be the worst thing.

Miss Taggart, I'd offer

to make an attempt myself,

but I'm not the person you need.

How are you so sure?

I haven't disappeared.

My plans, please.

Miss Taggart.

Quentin Daniels, please.

Yes, Quentin...

- Dagny!

- Eddie.

The 93 route is officially in deficit.

We'll amortize the losses

across the whole system.

We've been doing that,

but the fact is...

We need the Colorado run.

It's always been

the core of the rail road.

While the Fair Share Law dictates that

companies must supply goods equally

to all customers, businesses continue

to close their doors due to a shortage

of raw materials.

Government appointee Wesley Mouch

insists it's only a temporary setback.

Meanwhile in other news, predictably...

Where are they, Eddie?

- Who?

- Anyone who could make a difference.

I'm sitting next to her.

Ellis Wyatt was more dedicated to his

work than anyone I have ever known.

The man figured out how

to squeeze oil from stone,

and he just walks away?

Not before setting fire to his own

shale field and storage facilities.

It was a message.

A lesson.

You know why it's still burning?

Because anyone bright enough

to put it out is gone, too.

It's as if some destroyer

is sweeping up everybody

who could dig us out of this mess.

Who is John Galt?

I dislike that expression immensely.

...efforts dumping

retardants on Wyatt's Torch

in the Colorado Rockies.

Ellis Wyatt, still missing,

gave what was essentially

a slap in the face

to the government and the

Fair Share Law by posting

a sign at the base of the

burning flame that read:

"I am leaving it as I found it.

Take over. It's yours."

By enforcing the Fair

Share Law, prosperity and equality

will finally reach

every corner of this nation.

No longer will the greed of a

few wealthy businessmen outweigh

the needs of the public at large.

Pull up the 93.

Yes, Miss Taggart.

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