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The Trial of Hank Rearden (Atlas Shrugged 2 Court Scene)

Here is the court scene in Atlas Shrugged Part 2 where Hank Rearden is tried in court for selling steel secretly behind the Fair Shares Law. This video has commentary by David Kelley, a consultant to the Atlas Shrugged movie. The court scene starts at 2:34.


Transcript and video by The Atlas Society


Henry Rearden, you are charged, along with Kenneth Danigger, in absentia, with one count of violation of Article 64 of the Fair Share Law. How do you plead, sir?

I do not recognize this court's right to try me, nor do I recognize any of my actions as a crime.

Simply refusing to obey the law is not a defense.

If you believe you may seize my property simply because you need it, well, then so does any burglar. The only difference is a burglar doesn't ask my permission. If you feel you have the right to use force against me, then show it for what it is. Bring guns.

Sir, we have no intention of pointing guns and seizing your property.

Then why are we here?

Mr. Rearden, you are misrepresenting the letter and the intent of the Fair Share Law. It is based on the highest principle, the principle of the public good. You wouldn't want it misunderstood that you work for nothing but your own profit?

Indeed, I want it understood clearly. I do not recognize the good of others as a justification for my existence. If their fair share demands that I get nothing for my labors, that it requires me to be a victim, then I say, public good be damned. I'll have no part of it.

And how does that benefit your fellow man?

I do not owe you an answer. But I could tell you in 100 ways-- thousands of jobs, billions in revenue, fueling our economy, despite your efforts to destroy the very foundation of our existence. And I believe most of my fellow men would say the same, if they had a voice.


Now we need an example, not a martyr.

I can't set a precedent here, not with this man.

Mr. Rearden, on your behalf, the court has entered a plea of no contest, and this panel has found you guilty.



You are hereby sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of $50 million.

That's outrageous.


Sentencing of Kenneth Danigger will be withheld pending his appearance before this body. Now, Mr. Rearden, taking into consideration your distinguished achievements, your contributions to society, and your full cooperation in this matter, your sentence is suspended. This court is now adjourned.


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The name's Danniger. Ken Danniger.

That other spelling is just, well, it's bad. Looks like a naughty...

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Listen to the audiobook version...

This is a long book. I drive across the country alot. So I listed to the audiobook version. It made the drive alot more entertaining.

Part #3

Will be released in 2014, the movie does a good job of trying to capture the essence of the book in three parts but it cannot replace reading the book. I personaly enjoyed the movie but it requires waiting for all three parts to get the context.

The creation, production and fair exchange of values is the business of evolving consciousness, love and life.--Craig Johnson

Ok cool!

I'll just wait for part 3! I do too much reading already!

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Read the book!!! It is worth it, I guarantee. I have finally watched some of part 1 the movie and some scenes here and there (including the one you posted) and I am not impressed. Not so much for lack of following the book (I have not seen enough to know exactly how well it follows the book,) but just because.... well imho it is just one of those cases where the book is better.

Thanks for the post though, I just wanted to jump in and encourage you to read the book if you do have time at some point in life, I really think it is worth it.

Edit: haha never mind I read further down and see you mentioned reading the book. Enjoy!

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― Dr. Seuss

I didn't really

understand the ending.. that's why I'm going to have to read the book.. did they actually do what they did in the movie?

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I didn't like the ending either...

Looks like we'll both have to read the book then!

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sounds like a plan~

Now it looks like that isn't the end of the movie that there is a 3 part =) I'm going to look for the book tomorrow or maybe order it online.

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If you've seen the movie, what'd you think?

I was disappointed in the ending. Can anyone indicate how close the movie follows the book?

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