Featuring Original Music Composed By Carter Burwell
With Classic Songs Performed by Artists Including Doris Day, The Ramblers, Bob Gaddy And His Alley Cats,
And The Film’s Michael Keaton and Linda Cardellini

Varèse Sarabande will release a soundtrack for the original motion picture THE FOUNDER digitally on February 10 and on CD February 24, 2017.  The film features original music composed by Carter Burwell (CAROL, FARGO), with classic tracks by artists including Doris Day, The Ramblers, Bob Gaddy And His Alley Cats, The Dixieaires, and a special performance of the beloved classic “Pennies From Heaven” by stars Michael Keaton and Linda Cardellini.

“The film tells the story of Ray Kroc and his popularization of McDonald’s,” Burwell stated.  “Among the musical threads are his Midwestern background, played with guitar, mandolin, strings and woodwinds; the inner voice of this over-driven off-kilter middle-American, played with piano; and his patriotic fervor in spreading the gospel of fast food from sea to shining sea, played with drum corps and brass band,” Burwell added.

Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.

“We agreed early on that it would be interesting to play Kroc’s view of McDonald’s as if it were a patriotic or military campaign,” Burwell explained.  “But the director, John Lee Hancock, also wanted a less ironic view of Kroc, especially at the beginning of the story, so that we could relate to his character.  This we got through more intimate, traditional sounds of piano and guitar.”

Carter Burwell has composed the music for more than 80 feature films, including BLOOD SIMPLE, RAISING ARIZONA, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Rob Roy, Fargo, The Spanish Prisoner, Gods and Monsters, Velvet Goldmine, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (BAFTA Nominee for Film Music), BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, A KNIGHT’S TALE, THE ROOKIE, ADAPTATION, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, IN BRUGES, BURN AFTER READING, TWILIGHT, Where the Wild Things Are (Golden Globe Nominee for Best Original Score), A SERIOUS MAN, THE BLIND SIDE, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, TRUE GRIT, TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 & 2, and The Fifth Estate, Mr. Holmes and LEGEND.

Burwell most recently wrote the music for the drama CAROL starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.  Burwell received his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for CAROL.   He was also was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for CAROL.  Burwell won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Award for Best Music Score for CAROL and ANOMALISA. His theater work includes the chamber opera The Celestial Alphabet Event and the Mabou Mines productions Mother and Lucia’s Chapters of Coming Forth by Day. Burwell has taught and lectured at The Sundance Institute, New York University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.


1. San Bernardino
2. Multimixer Man
3. Mister Tap Toe – Performed By Doris Day With Paul Weston & His Orchestra And The Norman Luboff Choir
4. Persistence
5. I’m Not Like I Used To Be – Performed By The Dixieaires
6. First Taste
7. The Creation Of The Burger
8. Sh! Baby’s Asleep – Performed By Orin Tucker And His Orchestra With Bonnie Baker & The Bodyguards
9. The Arches
10. Overnight Sensation
11. Tennis Court
12. Music For A Found Harmonium – Performed By Penguin Café Orchestra
13. Flags And Steeples
14. Franchise For America
15. Be Right One Time
16. Slow Down Baby – Performed By Bob Gaddy And His Alley Cats
17. Crass Commercialism
18. Fifty-Fifty Love – Performed By The Ramblers
19. A Team
20. Ray Rallies Troops
21. Minneapolis
22. Pennies From Heaven – Performed By Michael Keaton And Linda Cardellini
23. A Wolf In The Henhouse
24. Ray Confronted
25. Surprise Inspection
26. Franchise Realty Road Show
27. Fortune Favors The Bold
28. Blank Check
29. Divorce
30. Let’s Make A Deal
31. Secret To Success
32. Number One

The Weinstein Company presents THE FOUNDER, now playing in theaters nationwide. Varèse Sarabande will release a soundtrack for the original motion picture THE FOUNDER digitally on February 10 and on CD February 24, 2017.