Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Peter Howitt
Production: MGM/UA
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

This business

is a living organism.

Multiplying constantly

surrounded by predators.

There's no rule for

idle time or second guessing,

New discoveries are made hourly.

New ideas are ready to be

devoured and redefined.

This business is binary.

You're a one or a zero.

Alive or dead.

There is no second place.

It's been suggested

by the media and congress

that you're violating antitrust laws,

and threatening competition.

Mr. Winston, can you reasonably deny

that you have a monopoly in this area?

Well, the only monopoly

we have at N.U.R.V, congressman,

is monopoly on excellence.

This is still a free market.

But a free market encourages


You prevent it.

Congressman, I don't need to remind you

that the essence of competition

has always been quite simple.

Any kid working in a garage anywhere

in the world,

with a good idea, can put us

out of business.

You can try a version qualification

scheme if you have the best driver.

Wait a second.. go back up.

Move, move.

Teddy, I think I found our bottleneck.

- You did it!

- Yee-Haw!

God! That feels good.

It's gorgeous!

We're geeks.

Three months from today,

N.U.R.V will launch SYNAPSE,

transforming the way

humans communicate,

With Synapse,

the entire world will be able

to send or receive any message

be it audio, video or text

on any medium.

SYNAPSE will fully unite

the global village.

You've set yourself real

ticking clock here, Gary.

All of your competitors are desperate

to get to the marketplace with this

technology before you.

It has even been suggested

that you won't hit

this very ambitious launch date.

We're going to hit that date.

You can bet on it.

How can you be sure?

We'll do whatever it takes...

to get there.

Pace yourself, Brian.

Over here...

Milo, what do you think of this?

I know I promised my mom

we're gonna make this garage famous,

but I really don't think

we're gonna be here that long.

'Cause I've got us 3 appointments

with the venture capitalists.

Oh, that is fantastic

I can stop taking calls from

those corporate recruitment losers.

I'll do the talking, Brian.

Here's your shirt, Milo.

Guys, what are these?

Don't you know? The worse you look,

the smarter they think you are.

They are going to think

you're a genius, Brian.

I just said "Milo" and "Teddy",

and the wallets flew open!

They were dying to give me their money.

You guys are the greatest duo,

since Hewlett and Packard.

Lennon and McCartney.

Ben and Jerry!

I'm Lennon, okay Teddy?

Does that make me Yoko?

Alice, you've got to make him do

this startup with Teddy.

Gary, if he wants to go take a few

interviews... check out his options,

as his friend,

I think you should support him in that.

Want to know the best way

to manipulate somebody?


Don't try.

"As graduating students for the

Stanford University Computer

Science department,

"you have a magnificent foundation...

in theory.

"What you need is a creative,


- So pretentious!

- The guy's a fascist monopolist.

- Exactly.

The guy knows how to get people's

attention. He does.

Shut up... shut up!

I'm trying to listen.

"...will field your questions.

"Thanks for taking the time

to check us out.

"I'll look forward to seeing some

of you up here at the NURV campus

in the near future."

- Questions, cool!

- I've got a question for him.

"If you guys have questions, fire away."

Why not make SYNAPSE open source?

Don't you have enough money? Heh.

Here is an interesting question:

"What kind of beverages do you offer

your programmers?"

- Oh, come on!

- What did you expect?

- He's avoiding the issue, man.

- You can't ask him that.

He should run for president, or something.

I'm just gonna of throw these at you.

You know, like they do at the zoo.


It's for you.

- Hello

- Milo? This is Gary Winston.

I've heard great things about

your work, I'm...

hoping you and your friend Teddy

can come up here.

Hey, Larry, you still got

my Union Jack CD?

No, I gave it back.

Ok, I don't know who this is but

your timing really blows

'cause I just saw him in a live chat.

Right, well, a pair of airline tickets

are on there way to you,

I'd love to show you

some of the things we're doing here.

Who was it?

Gary Winston.

Ha, that would be funny.

I just spoke to Gary Winston?

I can't believe you're not going

to take that ticket!

Give it to me!

You don't want to work there, Brian.

They squeeze everybody out of business.

They get bigger and fatter...

That's why I want to work there.

You sure he didn't ask for my number?

Milo, we can't go up there.

They don't even know

the meaning of open source.

You know this,

we've talked about this.

They just want to own everything!

- They clone stuff, reverse engineer it...

- I know

Everybody is stuck with their

inferior proprietary version.

They're being investigated by

the justice department for Christ's sake.

Tell him, Larry.

I think that he should go up there and

check it out if he is curious.

You do?

Sure, I mean... it's your life.

I need another beer.

So, you couldn't convince

your friend Teddy to come?

No, he is pretty tight with his folks.

Yeah? We can move them up here

same goes for yours.

My parents are dead.

I'm sorry man.

So how far is the campus?

We're not going to campus.

All I can say is

it's unfortunate.

We offered a lot of money.

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Howard Franklin

Howard Franklin is an American screenwriter and film director, known for such films as The Name of the Rose and Quick Change, his collaboration with Bill Murray. His other films include The Public Eye, about a 1940s tabloid photographer modeled on the photojournalist Weegee and starring Joe Pesci; Someone to Watch Over Me and The Man Who Knew Too Little. more…

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