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They Were There (2011)

An engaging walk through some of the key inventions of th last century and some major achievements. IBM invented the barcode. IBM created the airline reservation system. IBM created the ... See full summary »

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Errol Morris
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Credited cast:
Homer Ahr Homer Ahr ... Himself
Fred Brooks Fred Brooks ... Himself
Gregory Chaitin Gregory Chaitin ... Himself
Jia Chen Jia Chen ... Herself
Bijan Davari Bijan Davari ... Himself
Barry Franz Barry Franz ... Himself
Ralph Gomory Ralph Gomory ... Himself
Benoît B. Mandelbrot Benoît B. Mandelbrot ... Himself (as Benoit Mandelbrot)
Patty McHugh Patty McHugh ... Herself
Shep Nachbar Shep Nachbar ... Himself
Ijeoma Nnebe Ijeoma Nnebe ... Herself
Ajay Royyuru Ajay Royyuru ... Himself
Bill Selmeier Bill Selmeier ... Himself
Spencer Wells Spencer Wells ... Himself
Jason Wilkinson ... Himself
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An engaging walk through some of the key inventions of th last century and some major achievements. IBM invented the barcode. IBM created the airline reservation system. IBM created the Personal Computer and helped out a man on the moon. The film meets the people who made these things happen. Written by James NEOPHYTOU

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

IBM Centennial Film: They Were There See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Errol Morris making a living
9 June 2011 | by CultcinemaDOTnetSee all my reviews

This is not a documentary. This is a promotional circle-jerk of IBM employees sitting around saying how great they are.

Having said that, it is probably the best promotional circle-jerk you will ever see, much thank to Morris' use of his interotron, and savvy film-making skills. Still, it is pretty useless to anyone who is not an IBM'er.

In other words: If you found this film because you like IBM, you will probably find it interesting and invigorating. If you on the other hand found this film because you're a fan of Errol Morris' documentaries, then you're better off watching a Coca Cola commercial.


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