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.

Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Solidly acted if melodramatic film about the philosopher.

Apr 21, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Passion of Ayn Rand


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

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Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"The Passion of Ayn Rand" starts in 1951 Los Angeles as political philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand, nee Alisa Rosenbaum(Helen Mirren), gives an audience to two young acolytes, Nathaniel(Eric Stoltz) and Barbara(Julie Delpy). Soon, they are accepted into her inner circle before marrying and moving to New York. But Rand soon comes to miss them, and decides to move cross country along with her long suffering husband, Frank(Peter Fonda), to complete her long gestating novel, "Atlas Shrugged."[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Passion of Ayn Rand"(I'm wondering if the title is supposed to have a double meaning...) is an interesting look at the life of Ayn Rand whose philosophy was one of fully embracing self-interest and capitalism. The movie has a special emphasis on her personal life, especially an extramarital affair. Normally, I would not favor this approach towards an historical figure, but here it succeeds as a case study of her philosophy. Her and Nathaniel think only of themselves, inflicting a great deal of psychic damage on their loving spouses. And that's exactly what acting only in a person's self-interest does to society at large.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Note: Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy were also in "Killing Zoe." [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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