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Antitrust (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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.


Peter Howitt


Howard Franklin
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... Milo Hoffman
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Lisa Calighan
Claire Forlani ... Alice Poulson
Tim Robbins ... Gary Winston
Douglas McFerran Douglas McFerran ... Bob Shrot
Richard Roundtree ... Lyle Barton
Tygh Runyan ... Larry Banks
Yee Jee Tso ... Teddy Chin
Nate Dushku ... Brian Bissel
Ned Bellamy ... Phil Grimes
Tyler Labine ... Redmond
Scott Bellis ... Randy
David Lovgren David Lovgren ... Danny
Zahf Paroo ... Desi (as Zahf Hajee)
Jonathon Young ... Stinky


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Trust is not an option. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antitrust See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,486,209, 14 January 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,965,209, 4 February 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,867,516, 31 December 2001
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby SR


Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


IP addresses assigned to Winston's satellites are part of the non-routable (to the Internet) 10.x.y.z Class A subnet, indicating a private network. See more »


After Milo returns home from the Justice Department, he goes to the kitchen to make a pot of tea. However, he just holds the teapot near the faucet when he turns on the tap. He doesn't actually add any water to the teapot. See more »


Milo: Now I'm going to go out on a limb here because there's a very good chance you're not going to believe a word of what I'm about to tell you.
Bob Shrot: You'd be surprised what I'd believe about these people.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the cast list in the end credits, there is a section entitled "Geeks", much in the same vein as "Stunts". See more »

Alternate Versions

Deleted scenes featured on DVD edition include:
  • Gary asks Milo for help solving a problem he is having with the game Diablo II.
  • Love scenes between Lisa and Milo (which would have explained why Alice was jealous).
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Referenced in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »


Prelude No. 5 in G Major, Opus 32
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by David Troy Francis, pianist
Courtesy of Barbarian Records
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This film got on my last NURV!
22 January 2001 | by cgummertSee all my reviews

Dramatic tension, when done correctly, adds to a movie immeasurably. The long, lonely shot of Cary Grant waiting at the crossroads in "North by Northwest" set up a dramatic isolation. The deep shot of Bruce Willis in the doctor's office in the beginning of "Unbreakable" accomplishes the same thing. If you have an IQ in the double digit range, you will have a sense of dramatic isolation in a screening of "Antitrust"

The characters do not function as human beings in super-human situations, something that Hitchcock and Shaymalan films understand and use to superb result. Instead these characters serve as simple plot delivery devices...the equivalent of a cinematic Federal Express driver. DING-DONG, "Plot twist's here!"

The characters are bad sketches of good characters from other movies... other movies you'd be better off seeing!

Ryan Phillipe, the protagonist, plods along through this film showing nary an emotion, even though "the plot" gives him every reason to be busting heads like a 6th grader smashing pumpkins on Halloween. And his hidden weakness (hint, it's like Kryptonite on a muffin) is deplorably laughable. Had the character been better developed, we might care that he, for instance, can't eat at McDonalds.

And the rest of the cast is almost interchangable. Whenever there is message to be conveyed or a plot point to be twisted, the screenwriter simply throws another mindless character (that's spelled "c-h-a-r-c-t-e-r", but pronounced "automotan") at it. DING-DONG, "Ma'am, I'm here to deliver comic relief...sign here."

And maybe this is just me, but why doesn't a computer company have better computer security? Phillipe's character (Milo for those scoring at home) can waltz into a computer lab and download the entire company's personnel files, but I can't get my e-mail without entering seven different access codes?

Do yourself a favor, save the money you would have spent on this movie and use it to invest in Microsoft. When the people who saw the movie find out what Microsoft can do with a cool frame and some crappy Sears pictures, they'll be busting down the doors of the local Radio Shack to get the latest Microsoft Magic Eye Masterpiece. You can thank me later.

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