On Disc

at Amazon

August centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Director:

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Ex-Los Angeles cop turned private eye travels to Hong Kong in search of the missing son of a billionaire.

Director: Tran Anh Hung
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Byung-hun Lee
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Former high school classmates reunite by chance during a chaotic party-filled evening.

Director: Brady Kiernan
Stars: Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister-Jones, Michael Imperioli
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.

Director: Petter Næss
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri
Stars: David Bowie
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A sharp-witted comedy that follows a group of apparent strangers in interlocking stories taking place in ten different bars during the course of one evening throughout Los Angeles.

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Stars: Gil Bellows, Xander Berkeley, Alexis Bledel
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two disgruntled restaurant employees (David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette) decide to rob their employers (Buck Henry, Andre Gregory).

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, David Bowie, Eszter Balint
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

In the midst of a manmade biological disaster and a terrible fate, three couples try to find meaning in their lives.

Director: Brian Horiuchi
Stars: Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson
Bunraku (2010)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself up against a bigger challenge than he originally bargained for.

Director: Guy Moshe
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson
Wicker Park (2004)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His belief leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold in order to trail her.

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger, Matthew Lillard
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Stars: David Bowie, Andreja Pejic, Tilda Swinton
Blow Dry (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 2000, a small town hosts The British Hairdressing Championship, where a former 2-time winner, his son, his run-away wife and his runaway wife's lady lover reside (not all on speaking terms).

Director: Paddy Breathnach
Stars: Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Griffiths
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Suit #3 (Mason Neuberger)
Jason Calacanis ...
Himself
Joie Chen ...
Newscaster (voice)
Athena Currey ...
Girl in Bathroom
Edit

Storyline

Tom and Josh Sterling have a start-up dot-com. It's gone public to initial success. Josh is the technical genius. Tom is the fast-talking and abrasive CEO, in charge of the business side. It's August, 2001, less than a month before they can sell their shares and, perhaps, make lots of money. But the company is running out of cash, its main client is stalling, and share values are falling. For Tom to maintain the firm's appearance, he must find cash: investors could rescue him, but at a high cost of his potential wealth and company control. Tom goes to his brother for a loan. At the same time, an old flame, Sarrah, comes back to the city. Can Tom hold things together, bravura and all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A New York story of grand ambition and flawed genius. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 October 2009 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

August  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,092 (USA) (11 July 2008)

Gross:

$11,762 (USA) (18 July 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film takes place in August 2001. See more »

Connections

Features Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Five
Written by Andrew Barlow, Lou Rhodes (as Louise Rhodes)
Performed by Lamb
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good movie and performances
7 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the surprise of the year so far for me.

This excellent little film tells a story of two brothers and their struggling company in a timeline that just precedes 9/11. Several people on IMDb have commented that they don't see why the movie needed to be "cheapened with a 9/11 theme" or some such nonsense. Let's be clear: this movie is not about 9/11 but this was historically a crucial point for the dot-com bubble.

The movie does actually a wonderful job highlighting these events, without spelling them out in some awkward exposition. The story focuses mostly on one of the brothers: The Charismatic Tom (played by Josh Hartnett), who mostly handles the business aspects. Director Austin Chick does a good job immersing us in his life, his lifestyle, his struggles and his ambiguities. His uneasy rapports with his brother Joshua, co-founder of the company "Landshark", who is the quiet "tech guy" behind the operation. With his parents. His former girlfriend. Various other persons in his life and business dealing. It's an absolutely fascinating portrait. What really helps is Hartnett's performance. Now, I'm sorry to say I never was a fan of this fairly popular actor and he had failed to impress me until now... but this has changed. Hartnett is in fact the main strength of this movie, makes the story come alive and shines among a very, very solid cast around him. Tom's role as a confident, brash young guy who must keep appearance and keep his company afloat while he knows it's going down (along with his personal life) required a good acting palette.

It is a strength of the movie that it manages to push both the story of Tom and present an interesting portrait of this time period where economically, things were crashing. What we have here is a movie that could very well have been boring to death due to its topic (finances are a fairly abstract thing, and usually not terribly interesting unless they're your own) but instead becomes fascinating. In many ways, it is reminiscent of Wall Street. Various speeches that Tom delivers and his bout of negotiations lead to several strong moments.

This is a great movie. Where pretty much every scene is worthwhile and supports the overall themes that are pushed. Director Chick seems to have a purpose with every element presented and even the elements not present. Consider: we never get to know what Landshark does. At all. Which might seem weird yet is terribly fitting since along with other shooting star companies of the time, it was all a smoke screen anyway.

Great movie, probably a must buy for those who have an interest in the dot-com bubble.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
David Bowie ringmn
Filming Crazyonyou
Casting. Crazyonyou
Didnt like it bcscover
What happened? momo1234
Just watched it.....eh! tanwhite01
Discuss August (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?