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In 1979 Clive Sinclair, British inventor of the pocket calculator, frustrated by the lack of home investment in his project,the electric car, also opposes former assistant Chris Curry's belief that he can successfully market a micro-chip for a home computer. A parting of the ways sees Curry, in partnership with the Austrian Hermann Hauser and using whizz kid Cambridge students, set up his own, rival firm to Sinclair Radionics, Acorn. Acorn beat Sinclair to a lucrative contract supplying the BBC with machines for a computer series. From here on it is a battle for supremacy to gain the upper hand in the domestic market. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In 2015 Sir Clive Sinclair has re-launched a modernized version of the ZX Spectrum called the Sinclair Spectrum Vega. The computer has fewer buttons than the original, but will run thousands of retro games. See more »

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After Clive Sinclair storms off in anger that he will only be remembered for "Jet Set f***ing Willy", Nigel Searle tells his colleague "My lad's on level 7". Jet Set Willy does not have levels - it takes place on a single game map. (And Nigel Searle did not have a "lad.") See more »

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Clive Sinclair: Games! Games! Everywhere I go, games! This is what my lifetime of achievement has been reduced to! Clive Sinclair, the man who brought you Jet Set fucking Willy! Apparently there's even a game now about me trying to get a knighthood, for Christ's sake!
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Hilarious and great entertainment
8 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Thanks for such a great piece of entertainment.

There were lots of funny bits in this film, largely due to the acting of Sinclair.

It was also light-hearted with a feel good factor at the end with people making up to each other and with Sinclairs quotes about life - "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?".

Some great 80's music as well.

Even if you were'nt into home computers at the time, then this is still a good drama.


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