October 8th, 2009



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August centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.3/10 (2,704 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: Austin Chick

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott

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?

Josh Hartnett - Tom Sterling
Naomie Harris - Sarrah
Adam Scott - Joshua Sterling
Robin Tunney - Melanie Hanson
Andre Royo - Dylan Gottschalk
Emmanuelle Chriqui - Morela Sterling
Laila Robins - Ottmar Peevo
Caroline Lagerfelt - Nancy Sterling
Alan Cox - Barton
David Bowie - Cyrus Ogilvie
Rip Torn - David Sterling
Jeremy Bobb - Suit #3 (Mason Neuberger)
Jason Calacanis - Himself
Joie Chen - Newscaster (voice)
Athena Currey - Girl in Bathroom

Taglines: Excess breeds success.


Official Website: ContentFilm International [uk] | Imagem Filmes [Brazil] |

Release Date: 8 October 2009

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,092 (USA) (13 July 2008) (1 Screen)

Gross: $11,762 (USA) (20 July 2008)

Technical Specs


User Review

Josh Hartnett's Best Film To Date

Rating: 7/10

Screened this at the Sundance 2008 Festival. This movie actually caught me by surprise, it was very hip and surprisingly Josh Hartnett really brought it. The movie has a modern "Wall Street" type vibe, the story follows Tom (Hartnett) who is a super confident .com entrepreneur who is in crisis mode during the downward spiral of the .com stock bust just before September 2001. Hartnet nails this role with high energy output and makes this a very watchable flick. Austin Chick the director is obviously very talented and throws just the right amount of style and cool music into the film to keep it slick and contemporary which should broaden its appeal past just the Gen-X group. The one downside is that the film gives the other characters so little room to make their presence felt, especially David Bowies character who gets only a few minutes of face time. Other then that the movie really has a nice pace and the ending worked very well when you consider all the superficial things that Americans thought they cared about until Sept 2001, and then realized there are somethings much more important then money and stature.

Film should get some nice play on the indie circuit, though indie folks probably will be hard swayed to pay over for a Hartnett movie. I would reckon that Josh Hartnett will win over some who doubted him with this performance and maybe even get a little award type talk. I know its hard for me to believe either :)


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