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The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)




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The private life of author and philosopher Ayn Rand takes center stage in this film. In 1951, Ayn Rand is a best-selling author and celebrated thinker when she meets two college students who admire her writing. Rand takes the students under her wing, but before long her mentoring becomes abusive.


Helen Mirren
as Ayn Rand
Eric Stoltz
as Nathaniel Branden
Peter Fonda
as Frank O'Connor
Julie Delpy
as Barbara Branden
Sybil Temchen
as Caroline
Tom McCamus
as Richard
David Ferry
as Interviewer
Robert Thomas
as Security Guard
Robert Lefebvre
as Funeral Director
Katherine Trowell
as Woman at Funeral
Rene Lemieux
as Maitre D'
D'Arcy Smith
as Young Man
Dom Fiore
as Businessman
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Critic Reviews for The Passion of Ayn Rand

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Okay, I'll say it: The Passion of Ayn Rand is as delicious as it is dumbfounding, as mirthful as it is misbegotten.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Solidly acted if melodramatic film about the philosopher.

April 21, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Passion of Ayn Rand

Dull melodrama. It doesn't really praise Rand, but the movie never finds a way to effectively criticize her ideas either. Yes she and her acolytes are all morally bankrupt hypocrites but their actual ideas are so much worse.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


I was interested in Ayn Rand but I did NOT like this movie. It was really boring and tried to be all of these different things.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

The best performance of Julie Delpy's I've seen to date. Story is awkwardly paced and paints Ayn in a crazy light. Which I guess was true but Helen Mirren didn't really bring ANY redeeming quality out.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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