Purpose (2002)

R  |   |  Drama  |  1 November 2002 (South Africa)
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A software developer becomes a billionaire and is distracted by fame, greed and power, then must save his invention and company from a hostile takeover.


(as Alan Lazar)


(original concept) (as Ronen Apteker) , (as Ronen Apteker) , 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ismael 'East' Carlo ...
Anna Simmons
Chris Howell ...
Ted Otis
John Elias
Gustavo Ruiz ...
Border Patrol Agent
Tijuana Policeman #1 (as Ben Bray)
Jason Rodriguez ...
Tijuana Policeman #2
Lisa Forrester
Ben Fisher
Robert Jennings
Jim the Millionaire
Bernard Elias


Purpo$e is the story of young Internet entrepreneur, John Elias. Purpo$e is a story about business in the new millenium, and a world shifted away from quality to quantity. But even more important than that, it is an emotional story of a character who learns to value relationships, life balance and spiritual purpose, over self-involvement and financial gain. Fundamentally, John learns that love and a sense of purpose are more powerful and more valuable than money. Written by Anonymous

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Get their trust. Get their money. Don't get caught. See more »



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Rated R for sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »




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1 November 2002 (South Africa)  »

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Performed by Alan Ari Lazar (as Alan Lazar)
Written by Alan Ari Lazar (as Alan Lazar)
Used courtesy of Greenfield Records
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The best, most articulate, summary of the dotbomb era produced.
13 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best summary of the dotbomb era yet produced. Unfortunately, the appeal of this very articulate movie will always be very narrow. Those who were not caught up in the dotcom scam will probably not understand the profundity of the points presented. But for those of us Silicon Valley folk who were caught up in the explosive hypergrowth of the late 1990s, this movie serves as an excellent synopsis of what turned out to be one of the biggest equities scams in human history. Some of the most intelligent people on the planet lost sight of their live's goals and purpose, putting sustainable ventures on hold in pursuit of the quick score, gambling sustainable lifestyles in pursuit of the big win, sinking life savings (and kids' college funds, home equity, etc) in speculative ventures and questionable ideas, then losing everything when the sharks pulled out and the pyramid collapsed around those not smart enough to have pulled out.

Purpose. Awesome move, a must see for anyone in the technology field, or for anyone who lived through the insanity of the dotbomb scam.

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