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Antitrust (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 January 2001 (USA)
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A computer programmer's dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems.



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This movie is the fictional story of computer programming genius Milo Hoffman after graduating from Stanford and getting out into the competitive world of computer software. In his contemplation of where to begin his career, he is contacted by Gary Winston whose character is loosely based on Bill Gates. Winston is the CEO of a company called NURV, and they are on the brink of completing the global communication's system, Synapse. They need Hoffman to help them meet their launch date, so after much thought and with the full support of his girlfriend Alice, he accepts the job. Tragedy soon after strikes and Milo becomes suspicious of the company he has been wrapped up in. He learns that trusting anyone could be a mistake, and that nothing is as it seems. Written by Jordan Thornsburg

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Trust is not an option. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,486,209 (USA) (12 January 2001)


£449,494 (UK) (11 May 2001)

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The keyboard Milo uses in the day care center is an Apple USB Keyboard, as used on Macintosh computers. In addition, the operating system used on the computers in the day care center is a form of Unix, as shown by the command prompt. The Unix commands Milo uses are largely accurate, as well. Apple is ultimately vindicated in the end when the good guys are handling the Synapse broadcast from a Macintosh PowerBook G3. See more »


After Teddy is killed, Milo is handed a CD which contains new source code that solves the bandwidth limitations. Unless Gary refactored it considerably, Milo would be able to spot Teddy, and possibly his own coding style instantly. Combined with Gary's comment "its not in the box, its in the band", it makes no sense for Gary to hand Milo such condemning proof. See more »


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Building 20 Guard: Big night. Switched from tea to coffee. Brought new meaning to my work.
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Closing disclaimer: Stanford University has not endorsed this motion picture and no filming took place on the Stanford campus. There are a number of other entities and persons with names which may be the same or similar to those used in this motion picture. However, this motion picture is entirely fictional and (except for minor incidental references) is not intended to depict or refer to any other existing entities or persons and any such references are purely coincidental. See more »


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Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
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Entertaining and intriguing.
26 May 2001 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

The aspect of speeding up network traffic was definitely intriguing, but of course nothing much was done with it in the story since this is, after all, a mainstream movie. As a software developer (a.k.a. Geek) I was hoping to see this concept developed more. Very entertaining and I recommend it.

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