Silicon Cowboys Movie

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Who's Involved:

Bill Murto, Jim Harris, Rod Canion, Jason Cohen

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Runtime: 1 hr, 16 m

Chronicles the remarkable underdog story of Compaq Computer.

Silicon Cowboys Plot: What's the story?

Launched in 1981 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many companies had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. SILICON COWBOYS explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today.

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Film Details & Notes: What do we know about Silicon Cowboys?

  1. “A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing…vivid and evocative.”
  2. The film offers an insider’s look into the explosive rise of the 1980’s PC industry and is a refreshing alternative to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg.
  3. From the producers of JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI and UNDEFEATED.

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Production Timeline: When did the Silicon Cowboys come together?

On or about September 2, 2016 • The film was in Completed status.

Silicon Cowboys Release Date: When was it released?

Silicon Cowboys was released in 2016 on Friday, September 16, 2016 in limited movie theaters. There were 15 other movies released on the same date, including Blair Witch, Snowden and Bridget Jones's Baby.
United States
September 16, 2016 Limited
September 16, 2016

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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