A note to fans of the novel: Francisco’s speech on money appears in Part 2, not Part 1

A recurring theme I keep seeing in reviews by hardcore fans of the novel is that the movie disappointingly omitted Francisco’s speech on the meaning of money.

But remember, that speech appears in Part 2, not Part 1, of Ayn Rand’s novel — and this installment of the movie covers only Part 1 of the novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Just did a speed read on Part I and of course you’re right. There’s only a light hint at what’s coming at Hank’s anniversary party, when Francisco introduces himself to Hank – to get a feel of who Hank Rearden is. The money speech, as you say, happens in Part II, at Jim Taggert’s wedding reception.

    In fact, of the three parts of the book, if you forget for a moment Galt’s speech in Part III, then I think that Part II is the most complex and challenging. Let’s hope that when that gets shot that it runs well over 102 minutes. Which is why the success of Part I at the box office is so important.

  • Leon Brozyna

    Just did a speed read on Part I and of course you’re right. There’s only a light hint at what’s coming at Hank’s anniversary party, when Francisco introduces himself to Hank – to get a feel of who Hank Rearden is. The money speech, as you say, happens in Part II, at Jim Taggert’s wedding reception.

    In fact, of the three parts of the book, if you forget for a moment Galt’s speech in Part III, then I think that Part II is the most complex and challenging. Let’s hope that when that gets shot that it runs well over 102 minutes. Which is why the success of Part I at the box office is so important.

  • http://twitter.com/nrkgalt Naresh Karamchetty

    In order to have the wedding, and therefore Francisco’s speech, part 2 will have to somehow introduce Jim and Cherryl. They actaully did cast an actress, Mercedes Connor, to play Cherryl, but her scenes must have been deleted from the final cut of Part I. Maybe they can be included in Part 2 as a flashback.

    If they do have the wedding, I will be looking forward to the part where Cherryl tells Dagny that she is now the woman of the family, to which Dagny replies, “That’s quite all right, I’m the man.”

  • http://twitter.com/nrkgalt Naresh Karamchetty

    In order to have the wedding, and therefore Francisco’s speech, part 2 will have to somehow introduce Jim and Cherryl. They actaully did cast an actress, Mercedes Connor, to play Cherryl, but her scenes must have been deleted from the final cut of Part I. Maybe they can be included in Part 2 as a flashback.

    If they do have the wedding, I will be looking forward to the part where Cherryl tells Dagny that she is now the woman of the family, to which Dagny replies, “That’s quite all right, I’m the man.”

  • nandjwhip

    Part 1 was great. When is 2 scheduled for4 release?

  • http://twitter.com/Halley5 The Brakeman

    It’s funny that you mention this. I went on opening day and afterword in the bathroom I was talking to a guy who was lamenting that Francisco’s “Money Speech” had been cut. I told him that it does not appear until Part 2. He said no, it was at Rearden’s Anniversary Party when Francisco first met Hank. I responded that he was incorrect since it was really the Wedding reception for Jim and Cheryl. He acted like I didn’t know what I was talking about and I just laughed. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when he looked it up and found out I was right. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/Halley5 The Brakeman

    It’s funny that you mention this. I went on opening day and afterword in the bathroom I was talking to a guy who was lamenting that Francisco’s “Money Speech” had been cut. I told him that it does not appear until Part 2. He said no, it was at Rearden’s Anniversary Party when Francisco first met Hank. I responded that he was incorrect since it was really the Wedding reception for Jim and Cheryl. He acted like I didn’t know what I was talking about and I just laughed. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when he looked it up and found out I was right. LOL

  • Desertcatn

    “I feel it. I don’t go by my head, but by my heart. You might be good at
    logic, but you’re heartless.” “Madame, when we’ll see men dying of
    starvation around us, your heart won’t be of any earthly use to save
    them. And I’m heartless enough to say that when you’ll scream, ‘but I
    didn’t know it’ —you will not be forgiven.” Atlas Shrugged — Ayn
    Rand