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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 ... See full summary »

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Alexander Armstrong ... Clive Sinclair
Martin Freeman ... Chris Curry
Edward Baker-Duly ... Hermann Hauser
Sam Phillips ... Steve Furber
Stefan Butler Stefan Butler ... Roger Wilson
Colin Michael Carmichael ... Jim Westwood
Derek Riddell ... Nigel Searle
Rhona Croker Rhona Croker ... Valerie
Amy Beth Hayes ... Cynthia
Nicola Harrison ... Ann Sinclair
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ... Norman Hewett
Michael Keating Michael Keating ... Derek Holley
Peter Davison ... Bank Manager
Jon Glover ... John Radcliffe
Theo Barklem-Biggs ... Sinclair Journalist
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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 »

Goofs

Towards the end, Sir Clive is driving in his C5 as two trucks pass. The truck with the Compaq logo on the side is shown to have a modern HP logo on its rear. HP and Compaq did not merge until 2002. See more »

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[after the Enterprise Board have withdrawn funding for his latest project, Clive Sinclair is ranting and raving, and swearing at anyone in range. An engineer leaves his office, clutching a circuit board, after being ordered to "Just get it working". Sinclair continues to rant]
Chris Curry: [to the engineer] I'll have a word with him.
[in the background, Clive Sinclair throws his telephone through his office window, scattering glass everywhere]
Chris Curry: Ah. Maybe later...
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Shallow disappointment
19 October 2013 | by brane212See all my reviews

Havily simplified, to the point of absurdity.

Clive is shown as a clown. They have shown his eccentric sides without representing his ingenuity. He is no mental slouch by any means.

Real dynamics around Sinclair Research was far more colorful.

Cliwe did not stick with C5 because he just couldn't see its flaws but because he was desperately trying to push it to some point where he could hit some market niche and make some money off it.

Anyone that has ever done some electronic projects, sold them and lived off that profit will tell you that sometimes you have to get creative to put bread on the table and some projects you do in some arrangements for the money.

Sinclair Research was not exception, rather the opposite.


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