The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead (1949)

In this adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel, Gary Cooper stars as Howard Roark, a fiercely independent architect. Rather than compromise his ideals, Roark takes menial work as a quarryman. He falls in love with heiress Dominique but ends the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 2, 1949
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The Fountainhead is by turns exciting, handsome, astoundingly awkward, fully committed, untowardly relentless, very strange, and a little creepy in its compulsive watchability.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

It remains one of the strangest and most florid pictures of its time, possibly of all time. It's also immensely enjoyable and startlingly steamy... a stylish, fascinating curio.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Enjoyable as camp rather than as a manual for living, or even good filmmaking.

Emanuel Levy

King Vidor's melodrama about individualism and creativity works better as cinema than as literature (it's based on Rand's novel).

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Irresistibly campy Ayn Rand adaptation.

Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Potboiler of potboilers.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the kind of dazzling film, shot in a fascinating German Expressionist style, that veers from being silly to being provocative.

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Steve Crum

Soap opera at its finest...and glossy as a skyscraper. Coop and Neal sizzle.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fairly good version of the book, brilliantly stylized

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
could really get one star, it's that overbaked
Kevin M. Williams
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Ayn Rand's script based on her novel is not perfect by any means, nor is this film. But ... its point, its… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Although the message it carries is indeed powerful and still relevant, the execution seems to fall short, as cinema just can't get a hold on that much… More
Aj V
A fantastic story about individuality in the industrial world, but the romance tries to steal the show. I liked it, but it would have been better if they could… More
Veronique Kwak
fountainhead the novel has tackled into the oppositional conflicts between individualism and collectivism through four characters: peter keating, the… More
jay nixon
Heavy handed psycho babble given the Hollywood treatment. Patricia Neal looks beautiful even though her acting here is often overwrought something that is rare… More

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