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Andy works in marketing but wants to create something "real" so he gets a job in research with huge pay cut. He teams with 3 nerds to develop a $99 PC for 3rd world students. Then comes the... See more »

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Andy Kasper
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Alisa
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Darrell Claxton
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Francis Benoit
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Curtis 'Tiny' Reese
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Salman Fard
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Hank
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Lloyd Acheson
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Mrs. 'B'
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Torso
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Robin
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Willy (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
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Claudia Goss (as Heather Paige Kent)
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Link
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Ben (as John M. Rothman)
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Old Man
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Suit
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Security Guard #1
Amy Van Horne ...
Blonde Money Honey
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Janie Hickenlocker
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Hologram Saddam (as Jerry M. Haleva)
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Woman with Pictures
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Dental Patient
Christopher Perez ...
Passing Guy (as Christopher Pérez)
Jerrod Cornish ...
Busboy
Chris B. Harrison ...
Wake-up Newscaster
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Security Guard #2
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Hottubber
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Hottubber
Laurel A. Ward ...
Frisbee Girl #1 (as Laurel Ward)
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Griff
Nancy Honaker ...
Frisbee Girl #2
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Screen Saver Stripper
Kirsten Miller ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Joe Abanto ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Christina Haggerty ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Alex Mendietta ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Myriam Aboulhamid ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Mike Ticas ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Betsy Chang ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
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Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Jesus Morales ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Angeline Voss ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Jimmy Arana ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
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Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Christian Oviedo ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Maya Youcef ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Michael Soohoo ...
Salsa Dancer in Bahia
Gary Locke ...
Riverside City College Band Leader
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Titan Team Girl (as Meline Bulujian)
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Talking Head at Meeting (uncredited)
Jane Bordeaux ...
Hank's Office Assistant (uncredited)
Nasi Glekas ...
College Student (uncredited)
Yoli Mapp ...
Working Woman Catching View (uncredited)
Paul Oliver ...
Omega Team Member (uncredited)
May Wang ...
Receptionist (uncredited)
John Wojnowski III ...
Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Steven Paul Zsenyuk ...
Undercover Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mick Jackson

Written by

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Po Bronson ... (novel)
 
Jon Favreau ... (screenplay) and
Gary Tieche ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Trevor Albert ... producer
Kym Bye ... associate producer
Michele Imperato ... co-producer (as Michele Imperato Stabile)
Neil A. Machlis ... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Harold Ramis ... executive producer

Music by

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Marco Beltrami

Cinematography by

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Ronald Víctor García

Film Editing by

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Don Brochu

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Shannon Carey ... second assistant editor
Dennis McNeill ... color timer
Richard Perkins ... first assistant editor
Dennis Thorlaksen ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mindy Marin

Production Design by

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William Sandell

Art Direction by

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Bruce Crone ... supervising art director
Brad Ricker ... (as Bradford Ricker)

Set Decoration by

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Robert Gould

Costume Design by

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Jill M. Ohanneson

Makeup Department

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June Brickman ... makeup department head
Gail Hogopian ... key makeup artist
Lisa Meyers ... key hair stylist
Diane Pepper ... hair stylist (as Dianne Pepper)

Production Management

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Michele Imperato ... production manager
Kris Fullan Martinez ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Aaron Barsky ... first assistant director
Michael McCue ... second second assistant director
Liz Radley ... second unit director
Barbara M. Ravis ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ellis J. Barbacoff ... assistant property master
Cliff Berns ... painter
Tony Bonaventura ... property master
Erin Boyd ... set decorating buyer (as Erin Gould)
Joe F. Bravo ... greens
John Bryant ... propmaker gangboss
David Brack Burriss ... set dresser (as Brack Burris)
Charlie Campbell ... assistant art department coordinator
Donna Cline ... storyboard artist
Dale DeStefani ... construction coordinator
Fred Deyoe ... construction foreman
Mark Foley ... greens foreman (as Mark D. Foley)
Anthony Gaudio ... stand-by painter (as Tony Gaudio)
John A. Gomez ... signwriter
Michael Gregan ... set dresser
Kevin W. Grimsley ... propmaker
Donald Gross ... head painter
George E. Hanson ... painter
Paul Luther Jackson ... set dresser (as Paul Jackson)
Kristin Frances Jones ... on-set dresser
David Ladish ... lead man
Gerald Lehtola ... art department coordinator
Tom Lifsey ... general foreman (as Thomas E. Lifsey)
Roy Lujan ... labor foreman
Heidi Mayfield ... set decorating coordinator
Frank McEldowney ... greens coordinator
Martin Roy Mervel ... set designer
Johnny Molina ... laborer
Lisa Ozanne ... set dresser
Anthony D. Parrillo ... set designer
Robert Prchal ... propmaker
Steve Rice ... greens stand-by
Cheryl Gould Strang ... lead man (as Cheryl Gould)
Jesse Verette ... laborer

Sound Department

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David Betancourt ... foley mixer
James Bolt ... re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Ted Caplan ... foley editor
Jean Clark ... boom operator (as Jean L. Clark)
Blake R. Cornett ... second assistant sound editor (as Blake Cornett)
Dawn Fintor ... foley artist
Dave Kulczycki ... dialogue editor (as David Kulczycki)
Skip Longfellow ... first assistant sound editor
David Lucarelli ... adr recordist
Kevin Maloney ... second boom operator / utility sound
Matt Patterson ... sound recordist
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer
Brad Sherman ... re-recording mixer
William Stein ... sound re-recording engineer (as Bill Stein)
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist (as Alicia Stevenson-Irvin)
Donald Sylvester ... supervising sound editor
James M. Tanenbaum ... sound mixer
Roland N. Thai ... sound effects editor
Fred Vogler ... ProTools operator (as Fred R. Vogler)
Greg Steele ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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James Fredburg ... special effects assistant (as James K. Fredburg)
Alan E. Lorimer ... special effects supervisor
Lambert Powell ... special effects
Gary Zink ... special effects foreman
Valek Sykes ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. ... visual effects producer / visual effects supervisor
Kevin Clark ... junior digital compositor
Craig Clarke ... digital compositor
Ken Dackermann ... digital compositor
Terry Dale ... senior composite artist / technical supervisor
Gilbert De La Garza ... film technician
Paul Dobson ... digital animator
Mitchell Ferm ... visual effects coordinator
John Fraser ... digital matte painter
Jos'h RL Fuller ... system administrator
Dan Hay ... digital animator
Crystal Henrickson ... administration assistant
Mike Jamieson ... digital compositor
Alan Kennedy ... digital compositor
John Kilkenny ... visual effects producer
Andrew Klaassen ... system administrator
Dan Krech ... visual effects executive producer
Nathan Lafionatis ... computer consultant
Robert Lukacs ... film technician
Jackie Lynette ... visual effects executive producer
Steven Lynette ... visual effects producer / visual effects production manager
Ron Marinic ... digital matte painter
Tina McGill ... digital compositor
Jennifer Meislohn ... visual effects coordinator
Dominic Menegon ... digital animator
Juliette Mourez ... junior digital compositor
Mike Pemberton ... computer graphics production assistant
Teodor Peterson ... digital animator
Carol Prince ... digital animator
Scott Sanderson ... digital animator
Marc Streifling ... lead animator
Tommy Tran ... digital artist
Anna Wagner-Lopez ... digital animator (as Anne Wagner-Lopez)
David Watkinson ... computer graphics playback
Kurt Hall ... video & computer graphics technician (uncredited)
Carlton Munday ... technical administrator (uncredited)
Pat Wakefield ... digital effects designer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Seth Arnett ... utility stunts
Rick Barker ... utility stunts
James Barney ... utility stunts
Daniel W. Barringer ... utility stunts
Gary Baxley ... utility stunts
Gilbert B. Combs ... utility stunts
Jared S. Eddo ... utility stunts
Annie Ellis ... utility stunts
Chuck Hosack ... utility stunts
Bret Kiene ... stunt double: Adam Garcia / utility stunts
Henry Kingi ... utility stunts
Barbara Anne Klein ... utility stunts (as Barbara Klein)
Steven Lambert ... utility stunts
James Logan ... stunts: Flying Chicken #3
Kurt D. Lott ... stunt driver
Bob MacDougall ... utility stunts
Cazimir Milostan ... stunts
John Moio ... stunt coordinator
Mark Mulvehill ... utility stunts
George Palmiero ... utility stunts
Roger Richman ... utility stunts
John Robotham ... utility stunts
John-Clay Scott ... stunt double
Kenny Searle ... utility stunts
George P. Wilbur ... utility stunts
Al Wyatt Jr. ... utility stunts
Larry Holt ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Elizabeth Algieri ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brian Callier ... video engineer (as Brian 'Snake' Callier)
Kevin Celi ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Alex Cruz ... dolly grip (as Alexander Cruz)
Damian Della Santina ... clapper loader
Paul A. Edwards ... camera operator: "a" camera
Thomas Gibson ... key grip
Wayne D. Goldwyn ... time-lapse photographer
John Johnson ... still photographer
Ross Judd ... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "b" camera
Mark Laskowski ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jay Laws ... electrician
Michael Laws ... gaffer
Michelle Opseth ... clapper loader
Brice Porter ... electrician
Brennan Price ... lighting technician
Liz Radley ... director of photography: second unit
Jerry Sandager ... best boy grip
Michael J. Schwartz ... electrician
Steven Serna ... grip
William Skinner ... electrician
Tony Thomas ... grip
Forrest Thurman ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ignacio Woolfolk ... grip
Eric Anderson ... camera operator (uncredited)
Ffilip Bolton ... electrician (uncredited)
Curt B. Walheim ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Debbie German ... extras casting associate
Amanda Harding ... casting associate
Bill Marinella ... extras casting associate
Pamela Lynn Thomas ... casting assistant
Terri Tracy ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amanda Gore ... set costumer
Kathleen Gore-Misko ... costume supervisor (as Kathleen Misko)
Alicia Leon ... cutter/fitter
Suzy Magnin ... costume assistant
Elizabeth Meredith ... wardrobe production assistant
Marciann Shapiro ... costumer
Sara Jane Slotnick ... assistant costume designer
Shawna Trpcic ... assistant costume designer
Tricia Bercsi Wilkin ... costumer (as Tricia Bercsi)

Location Management

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Michael Brewer ... key assistant location manager
Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr. ... key location manager: San Francisco
Pavel Sterba ... key assistant location manager
Scott Trimble ... key assistant location manager: San Francisco
Craig W. van Gundy ... location manager

Music Department

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Mark Agostino ... music playback operator
Adam Akimoto ... musician: mellophone
Andrea Alexander ... musician: baritone saxophone
Robby Anderson ... musician: trombone
Michael T. Andreas ... music editor
Pete Anthony ... orchestrator
Jovany Balcazar ... musician: clarinet
Casey Bejarano ... musician: flute
Marco Beltrami ... conductor
Sharon Boyle ... music supervisor
Julian Bratolyubov ... music preparation
Bill Brendle ... composer: additional music (as William Brendle)
Michael Cimbalo-Dolnick ... musician: tuba
Samantha Curry ... musician: baritone saxophone
Debbi Datz-Pyle ... music contractor
Tim Davies ... orchestrator (as Timothy Davies)
Daniel DiPrima ... composer: additional music (as Dan DiPrima)
Mark Dougherty ... musician: trumpet
Wayne Downey ... music arranger: tuba and marching band
Alisia Fritch ... musician: mellophone
David Gomez ... musician: tuba
Matt Goms ... musician: trumpet
Richard Gutierrez ... musician: trumpet
Tom Hiel ... orchestrator (as Tom Heil)
Jimmy Hoyson ... music recordist
Oliver Hug ... composer: additional music
Kevin Kliesch ... orchestrator
John Kurlander ... music recordist / scoring mixer
Michael Lang ... composer: additional music
Peter Leinheiser ... composer: additional music
Paul Locke ... additional music arranger: tuba
Jennifer Magnant ... musician: clarinet
Chad McCormick ... musician: tuba
Chris McGeary ... music editor
Bruce Monical ... music recordist
Ginger Murphy ... musician: trombone
Bobbi Page ... conductor: choir
Gary Raymond ... music playback
Michael E. Robinson ... musician: tuba
Carlos Rodriguez ... orchestrator
Tim Seavey ... musician: tenor saxophone
Dennis Smith ... orchestrator
Elaine Szupello ... musician: cymbals
Brian Tarquin ... composer: additional music
Ceiri Torjussen ... conductor / orchestrator
Sean Vega ... musician: snare drum
Fred Vogler ... music playback
Daniel Wahl ... musician: bass drum
Aaron Wharton ... musician: tuba
Jett Whitworth ... music recordist
Celeste Chada ... music licensing (uncredited)
Tom Deluca ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
M.B. Gordy ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Sean M. Hickey ... music preparation (uncredited)
Dennis Smith ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Robert K. Johnson ... transportation captain (as Robert Johnson)
Jeff Kidman ... transportation office manager
Theresa M. Roehner ... driver
Kenny Searle ... transportation coordinator
Fabian Arroyo ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

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Amira Bailey ... set production assistant: San Francisco (as Mira Bailey)
Kim Berner ... script supervisor
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner ... post-production accountant
Rick Bowman ... first assistant production accountant
Scott David Brown ... production assistant (as Scott Brown)
Craig Cannold ... production accountant
Kara Carmichael ... assistant to producers
Teresa Jaime Drapkin ... payroll accountant (as Teresa Jaime) / payroll accountant
Mitch Kelleher ... set production assistant: San Francisco
Meti Kusari ... craft service (as Muhamet 'Matt' Kusari)
Andrew Lipschultz ... unit publicist
Gary Locke ... band leader: marching band
Stephen A. Marinaccio II ... production coordinator
Vicki Marsik ... construction medic
Lucy Michael ... set medic
Alannia Perez ... production assistant
Roberta Riordan ... production assistant
Wayne T. Silva ... production assistant
Sheri St Lawrence ... second assistant accountant
Gregg Stuart ... second assistant accountant
Lori Taffet ... assistant to director
Christian L. Thomas ... production assistant
Hunter Wilson ... production assistant
Lisa Womble ... production assistant
Travis Young ... production assistant
Joe Cappelletti ... additional voices (uncredited)
Bruce Gray ... sculpture art provided by (uncredited)
Christie Moreau ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines When things get odd... The odd get even See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Ironmen (United States)
  • The First $20 Million (United States)
  • Meine ersten zwanzig Millionen (Germany)
  • Soldifacili.com (Italy)
  • Virtuális vagyonszerzők (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $17,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,535, 30 Jun 2002

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »
Soundtracks Know Your Chicken 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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