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Silicon Cowboys

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Jason Cohen

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About the Movie

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You won't walk away with a degree in business or psychology after watching "Silicon Cowboys." But this documentary leaves you with a curious feeling that you've earned college credit in both, and gotten a few laughs as well. – Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, Sep 15, 2016

Fresh: A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Aug 31, 2016

Fresh: A zippy, compact history of the rise and rise of Compaq Computer Corp. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Sep 15, 2016

Fresh: These former-Texas Instruments-employees-made-good are a likable bunch, especially in their particularly Texan way of recalling every major milestone in terms of what they were eating or drinking at the time. – Luke Y. Thompson, Village Voice, Sep 14, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Enjoyed every minute!

I saw this at SXSW and loved it. A great story that is well told and entertaining!

Great documentary!

Even though I experienced the rise of Compaq first hand, there were still things that I didn't remember or never knew. It was very satisfying to relive that amazing time in our family's life. Thank you, Jason Cohen!

Informative and entertaining

I found it really interesting and amusing. I didn't even realize there wasn't a narrator until someone pointed it out to me. A must see.

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