31 user 7 critic

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 October 2002 (Russia)
Andy, a successful marketing guy quits his job, because he feels disconnected with the values about work he learned from his father. He gets a new job at a top notch research facility, ... See full summary »



(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Acheson
Mrs. 'B'
Willy (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
Claudia Goss (as Heather Paige Kent)
Ben (as John M. Rothman)


Andy, a successful marketing guy quits his job, because he feels disconnected with the values about work he learned from his father. He gets a new job at a top notch research facility, where he quickly makes a powerful enemy who makes him volunteer for a nearly impossible project: The $99 Personal Computer. He recruits the only available guys at the lab, three sociopaths. Together they really compile a revolutionary PC for $99, but then they become the victims of a venture capitalist and Andy's old foe from the research lab. Can he and his new friends find a way to overcome the problems? Written by kaeng

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


When things get odd... The odd get even



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 October 2002 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

The First $20 Million  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,535, 30 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,535, 30 June 2002
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Po Bronson (author of the book) played a cameo role in the film as one of many tuba players living in the same building as the main character. See more »


When Andy moves into Mrs. B house she puts him in room number 2. (You see the number on the door.) He then goes to the bathroom and meets Alisa and introduces himself and says he lives in number 3. Alisa says she lives in 2. After Alisa makes the prototype case she enters her room, but it's room 3. See more »


Salman: I provide a service. All of the systems I've hacked are much more secure today because of my efforts. My girlfriend calls me 'Robin Hood'. It's a double entendre. I'm uncircumcised!
See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


All the Time in the World
Written by Chad Fischer
Performed by Lazlo Bane
Courtesy of Lookout Sound
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Illogical and Imbecile Screenplay That Might Be Recommended for Morons Only
28 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The yuppie Adam (Adam Garcia) decides to quit a successful career and work in a research company, in order to create something tangible in his life. He is assigned to develop a US$ 99.00 computer and joins three weird nerds rejected by the other team. The group accepts the challenge to build the piece of equipment, is well succeeded and cheated by another engineer. "The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest" has a so illogical and imbecile screenplay that might be recommended for morons only. The premise of a very young man, in the beginning of his career with such a prestige in his company with his boss and deciding to twist his profession to create something and follow his dreams is so ridiculous that does not deserve my time writing a review. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Os Primeiros 20 Milhões" ("The First 20 Million")

6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 31 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Steven Spielberg's Most Mind-Blowing Easter Eggs

"The IMDb Show" takes a look at the new trailer for Ready Player One and breaks down director Steven Spielberg's five greatest Easter eggs of all time. Plus, we connect the dots between IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017.

Watch now