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THE FIRST $20 MILLION IS
ALWAYS THE HARDEST
aka THE FIRST $20 MILLION
USA: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Adam Garcia, Jake Busey, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Anjul Nigam, Enrico Colantoni, Gregory Jbara, Chandra West, Heather Paige Kent, Robert Patrick Benedict, Andy Berman, Caryn Greenhut, Linda Hart, Dagney Kerr, Reggie Lee, Paul McKinney, John Rothman, Stoney Westmoreland
Director: Mick Jackson
USA Rated: PG-13 for language and sexual content
UK Certificate: 12
USA Release Date: 28 June 2002 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 7 June 2004 (DVD/VHS Release)
Having calved out a career in marketing, a young executive realises he wants to switch jobs to become a creator instead. Moving to one of the top specialist companies in Silicon Valley, he joins a small team of computer designers at the leading edge charged with designing a holographic machine to revolutionise their industry and move forward into a new era. But trouble looms on the horizon.
Set in the dot.com boom of the mid-1990s, Andy Caspar (Adam Garcia) is a young marketing exec with a larger-than-life salary, fast car and beautiful girlfriend. Despite all this, Andy still feels unfulfilled and decides he wants to do something more meaningful with his life. He quits his high-flying career in favour of a job at La Honda Research Institute in Silicon Valley, a technology 'think tank' where scientists and analysts conjure up the next big thing.
However, instead of landing on the revered Team Titan, reigning supergenius Francis Benoit (Enrico Colantoni) assigns him a seemingly impossible project - creating the world's first $99 laptop computer. Scrambling to fill the slots on his crew, Andy assembles a group of social misfits including super-hacker Salman (Anjul Nigam), shy and overweight Tiny (Ethan Suplee) and germ-phobic Darrell (Jake Busey).
With added inspiration from Andy's new love interest Alisa (Rosario Dawson), the team pull together and get closer to success than anyone predicted. However, when Benoit forms a plot to steal their work the group must fight to save their integrity, and their invention, from exploitation.
THE FIRST $20 MILLION is based on the best-selling novel by Po Bronson.
Subtitles: English Hard of Hearing
Running Time: 101 minutes
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Sound Quality: English 5.1