Silicon Cowboys Movie

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Chronicles the remarkable underdog story of Compaq Computer.

Who's Involved:

Bill Murto, Jim Harris, Rod Canion, Jason Cohen

Release Date:

Friday, September 16, 2016 (Limited)


Runtime: 1 hr, 16 m
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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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Key Facts

  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.

Filming Timeline

  1. September 2016: The film was in Completed status.

Silicon Cowboys Release Date: When was the film released?

Silicon Cowboys was released in 2016 on Friday, September 16, 2016 (Limited release). There were 15 other movies released on the same date, including Snowden, Blair Witch and Hillsong - Let Hope Rise.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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