Synopsis: Tom and Josh Sterling have a start-up dot-com. It's gone public to initial success. Josh is the technical genius. Tom is the fast-talking and abrasive CEO, in charge of the business side. It's August, 2001, less than a month before they can sell their shares and, perhaps, make lots of money. But the company is running out of cash, its main client is stalling, and share values are falling. For Tom to maintain the firm's appearance, he must find cash: investors could rescue him, but at a high cost of his potential wealth and company control. Tom goes to his brother for a loan. At the same time, an old flame, Sarrah, comes back to the city. Can Tom hold things together, bravura and all?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Austin Chick
Production: Original Media
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

I, George Walker

Bush, do solemnly swear

that I

will faith fully execute

the office of President

of the United States.

that I will

faith fully execute

the office of President

of the United States

and will, to the

best of my ability

preserve, protect and

defend the Constitution.


Cruise and Nicole Kidman

caused quite a stir when they

announced plans to separate.

The couple explained

the spilt was caused

by careers that

frequently keep them apart.

The market

plunge was sharp and swift,

the NASDAQ was bloody

too, closing below 2000

for the first time In

more than two years.

Our 40th

president, Ronald Reagan,

born February 6th, 1911, celebrated

his birthday quietly today

In his home

In Los Angeles.

The tech sector took yet

another beating this week

but there were a few winners,

most notably Landshark,

whose stock hit a record high

for the fourth straight day.

In just a few minutes, we'll talk

to Landshark CEO, Tom Sterling.

Mark, tell us just a little

bit about this company.

It's an amazing story

we're seeing here, Ron.

At a time when the tech sector

has been in virtual free fall,

here's a company that's

been public for four days

and it's already

up an astounding 500%.

Indeed it has. And we want to

talk Landshark CEO Tom Sterling.

Tom, are

you with us?

Yeah, I'm here.

Congratulations. Thanks

for joining us.

Thank you

for having me.

This is a very difficult

market environment.

Can Landshark get the traction it needs?

I think you're missing the point, Ron.

Traction really isn't the issue

because Landshark is not a vehicle,

Landshark is

the road itself.

We've seen start-ups before,

they come out strong, get B-Listed

before they're even out of lockup.

The man has got to be very very tough.

That's just

business, Ron.

That's what separates

the men from the boys.

I indeed it is.

Tom, congratulations,

thanks for being

with us today.


Any time.

Market confidence in Landshark

has been extraordinarily high.

The real question is where will

these guys be six months from now?

We'll be right here!

You did good.

Congratulations, man.

Hey, Tom.

This is

Tom. Leave a message after the beep.

Ahh. I am so

sorry, guys.

Um, Tom is not much

of a morning person.

Excuse me, sir.

Excuse me.

Can I help you?

One skinny mocha

latte. Thank you.

Here he is.


I see you've met

my brother Joshua,

the creative genius

behind our little venture.

Brad, Jonathan,

we've met of course,

and you are...

Mason Newburger.

Nice to meet you.


you're Unison, we're

Landshark, let's make money.

We were, uh,

We expected

a proposal.

Okay, there's

been a miscommunication.

We apologize but

what Tom and I...

We are

who we are.

The brand

speaks for itself.

Who else are

you talking to?

Who are you

meeting with?

Well, actually,

I don't see how

that's relevant.

Nobody, right? I mean,

nobody of any weight.

Because nobody

does what we do.

You know it, I know it

so let's cut the sh*t.

Without a proposal? Without

something to take back?

You can understand,

it's gonna be hard for

us to sell this upstairs.

Well, maybe next time, we

should be meeting with upstairs.

Big words

for an MOP.

Your lockup is

standard 180.

He's out

September 14th.

So you got four weeks,

which according to the FCC

means you can't buy,

you can't sell,

all your millions,

it's all on paper.

Okay guys, um...

before we get

all heated up...

You want portal play?

Anybody can give

you a portal play?

Any a**hole,

he's a f***ing portal.

That's so third quarter 99.

You want bleeding-edge

mission-critical cross platform

robust scalable architectures?

Well, duh. That's what everybody wants.

What you want

is "e. " Pure e.

Not e-commerce,

not e-business,

not click-and-mortar,

anything but that, e.

Not old, not tired,

not stepped on,

not one gram of e and ten

grams of baby laxative,

pure e. Josh knows e. I know e.

That's what

Landshark does.

And somehow

when e changes,

we're there first, on

the shore. Beckoning.

Is there anyone who can

aggregate the way we can?

I don't think so. Because

if there was, I'd be there.

But I'm here. And that's

why you invited me here.

You invited me here

because you want in.



So let's talk numbers.

Our CFO, as you know,

is Dylan Gothschalk.

Give Dylan a call,

make him an offer.

We'll see If we

can accommodate you.


You f***er.

Don't you ever f***ing

apologize ever f***ing again.

That's not

what we do.

Well, I'm so sorry.

Hop in!

Oh no, I told Mo

I'd stop home first

to make sure

she's okay.

I'll give

you a ride.

That's okay. I'll see

you back at the office.



Did you hear?

Pseudo dot com.

How many they dump?

Everyone but the.

Who do I owe?

Baum who called twice.

Andrew Goldman.

F*** him.

Jonathan Grey.

F*** him.

Laurel Wormack,

twice, Kowalski.

Somebody's sitting

in my chair.

Don't get all pompous

on me, Tom. Just don't.

You blew them off.

You had to, didn't you?

I just did

my thing, Mel.

I don't tell you how to do your thing.

I won't have a thing if

you keep on blowing off

the people who are

trying to hire us.

We've got Snowmark to worry

about. Our plate is full.

Our plate is not full.

Snowmark is three months late.

We need that account, we need the money.

Take it then. You want

the money, take it.

They'll call Dylan, and when

they do, take their money.

They'll call. Trust me. You'll see.

I've got a bazillion

shares of Landshark

I can't do

anything with.

out of lockup, 4 weeks.

Four weeks from now, If we

don't get any cash coming In,

we're gonna be

under water!

We IPOed at 12, shot up to

Want to know

where we are now?

Two and one eighth.

You better get

to work then.

Can I have my

chair back, please?


Yeah, you can

put it there.

Can you give

me a burp pad?

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Josh, you need to help

me unpack this sh*t.

I can't do it

by myself.

I know.

I'm sorry.

I'll help you unpack tonight, I promise.

Is there

anything I can?

I can't stay

very long.

Is there anything that

I can do before I leave?

You can give

me a kiss.

How is he?


He fell asleep.

Wanna hold him?

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Do you want

your hot chocolate?

What do you mean I can't?

What you're saying isn't can't,

you're saying I shouldn't.

There's a

world of difference.

Do what you want. Want the

Gulfstream? Go ahead and get it.

I just want the numbers,

not the moralizing,

not the more than I can

afford, just numbers.

With maintenance?

With everything!

Give or take, but

a million a month.

What does it cost not to lease

the G5? Ever think about that?

Did you ever take

that into account?

You're looking at me like

"What does this a**hole think?

That the bottom never fell

out? Like July never happened?

Of course it happened! Abercrombie

was like, "This is great"

and then she was like,

"This is overvalued. "

What the f*** does that

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Howard A. Rodman

Howard A. Rodman is a screenwriter, author and educator. He is the former President of the Writers Guild of America, West; professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; and an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs. He is the son of screenwriter Howard Rodman (1920–1985). more…

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