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

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 October 2002 (Russia)
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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 »

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Mick Jackson

Writers:

Po Bronson (novel), Jon Favreau (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Garcia ... Andy Kasper
Rosario Dawson ... Alisa
Jake Busey ... Darrell Claxton
Enrico Colantoni ... Francis Benoit
Ethan Suplee ... Curtis 'Tiny' Reese
Anjul Nigam ... Salman Fard
Gregory Jbara ... Hank
Dan Butler ... Lloyd Acheson
Linda Hart ... Mrs. 'B'
Shiva Rose ... Torso
Chandra West ... Robin
Rob Benedict ... Willy (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
Heather Dubrow ... Claudia Goss (as Heather Paige Kent)
Stoney Westmoreland ... Link
John Rothman ... Ben (as John M. Rothman)
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Storyline

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

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When things get odd... The odd get even

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ironmen See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,535, 30 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,535, 30 June 2002
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[the guys are meeting at a restaurant after their design was "stolen"]
Andy: Guess what guys? I had a VISION!
Tiny: [skeptically] That involved third-world school kids?
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Connections

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

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Is That How You Get Off
Written by Andrew Dolittle and Simon Jones
Performed by Big Yoga Muffin
Courtesy of The Echo Label Ltd.
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A fun, light hearted story
5 December 2004 | by Ajones47See all my reviews

Ignore the low rating, flames by computer geeks and bad reviews. The First 20 million is always the hardest is an excellent tale of backstab business, living the dream and starting over.

The actors work wonderfully together to produce a high quality of wit and light humor not seen in many of the movies of 2002, and the producers did an excellent budgeting job, seeing as the movie was made on a small budget. The cast are a diverse bunch, and it can only be a matter of time before they all hit it big.

I recommend you at least see it before judging it, remember, it's been badmouthed around the web by geeks who believe the technology in this movie is impossible, remember, the movie is not about computers... but about living the dream!


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