The Social Network

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Director David Fincher Fight Club, Seven teams with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin The West Wing to explore the meaning of success in the early 21st century from the perspectives of the technological innovators who revolutionized the way we all communicate. The year was 2003. As prohibitively expensive technology became affordable to the masses and the Internet made it easy to stay in touch with people who were halfway across the world, Harvard undergrad and computer programming wizard Mark Zuckerberg Jesse Eisenberg ...
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Overview

Director David Fincher Fight Club, Seven teams with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin The West Wing to explore the meaning of success in the early 21st century from the perspectives of the technological innovators who revolutionized the way we all communicate. The year was 2003. As prohibitively expensive technology became affordable to the masses and the Internet made it easy to stay in touch with people who were halfway across the world, Harvard undergrad and computer programming wizard Mark Zuckerberg Jesse Eisenberg launched a website with the potential to alter the very fabric of our society. At the time, Zuckerberg was just six years away from making his first million. But his hearty payday would come at a high price, because despite all of Zuckerberg's wealth and success, his personal life began to suffer as he became mired in legal disputes, and discovered that many of the 500 million people he had friended during his rise to the top were eager to see him fall. Chief among that growing list of detractors was Zuckerberg's former college friend Eduardo Saverin Andrew Garfield, whose generous financial contributions to Facebook served as the seed that helped the company to sprout. And some might argue that Zuckerberg's bold venture wouldn't have evolved into the cultural juggernaut that it ultimately became had Napster founder Sean Parker Justin Timberlake not spread the word about Facebook to the venture capitalists from Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, the Winklevoss twins Armie Hammer and Josh Pence engage Zuckerberg in a fierce courtroom battle for ownership of Facebook that left many suspecting the young entrepreneur might have let his greed eclipse his better judgment. The Social Network was based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.
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Special Features

Disc 1: ; Audio commentary with David Fincher; Audio commentary with Aaron Sorkin & cast; ; Disc 2: ; How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook? - a feature-length documentary in four parts; David Fincher and Jeff Cronenweth on the visuals; Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter and Ren Klyce on Post; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and David Fincher on the Score; Ruby Skye VIP room: multi-angle scene breakdown; In the Hall of the Mountain King: Reznor's first draft; Swarmatron
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If The Social Network was, say, a link David Fincher posted on his Facebook page, you would like it, share it, and leave a comment along the lines of "OMG Greatest Thing EVER!!!!" Because where would the Internet be without hyperbole? But in this case, your enthusiasm would be entirely justified. Working from a jewel of a script by Aaron Sorkin, Fincher's examination of how socially awkward, brilliant computer programmer Mark Zuckerberg Jesse Eisenberg made billions of dollars creating Facebook, and in the process alienated everyone who came close to him, opens with a sharply written breakup scene between Harvard sophomore Mark and his then-girlfriend. Written, delivered, and crisply edited with rapid-fire wit that recalls not just Sorkin's best work but rivals such classics as His Girl Friday, the scene explains everything you need to know about the film's off-putting antihero. Namely, he's hyper-intelligent, he's smug about that fact, and he can parse words -- his own and others' -- as finely as a lawyer arguing in front of the Supreme Court. After he's cluelessly callous to her, she dumps him, whereupon Mark drags his broken heart to his dorm room, starts drinking, blogs about how terrible she is, and creates a website where people rate the relative hotness of girls at Harvard. When his stunt crashes Harvard's Internet, Mark faces disciplinary action, but it also earns him enough notoriety that he gets a call from the Winklevoss twins, upperclassmen in good standing at Porcellian, one of the school's elite final clubs. They ask Mark to create a social-networking program for Harvard students, and he agrees. However, instead of shaping that site, Mark enlists some financial help from his best -- and only -- friend, Eduardo Saverin Andrew Garfield, and creates an even better version of that idea. He calls it "The Facebook," and after it goes live their creation takes over Harvard, and they soon expand to other college campuses. Although the fledgling company quickly finds its wings, trouble looms as the Winklevosses position to sue the company. Eventually the high-rolling, hard-partying Napster creator Sean Parker Justin Timberlake sets his sights on Zuckerberg, worms his way into the inner circle, and attempts to get Saverin thrown out of the company. Now, with everybody suing everybody, and billions of dollars and broken friendships hanging in the balance, the principals shuttle back and forth between multiple lawsuits. One of the big reasons The Social Network remains enthralling from beginning to end is the spectacular work by the cast, who take full advantage of the flawless script. Eisenberg seizes the opportunity he's given, capturing and amplifying the worst aspects of Mark's personality, but all the while you never question the character's massive intelligence -- he seems like the kind of guy who would be able to create something as consequential as Facebook. He's an antihero, but we don't exactly root for or against him -- we just need to see what will happen to him. He's paired beautifully with Garfield, who makes Saverin's endless patience with the prickly -- and often pricky -- Zuckerberg not just virtuous, but sweet. Saverin is the audience stand-in, and when he gets his heart broken it's a chilling, if thoroughly expected, ending to a fascinatingly complicated friendship. Even Justin Timberlake finally lands a good part in a good film, and oozes smarmy charm so effortlessly that it's easy to see why someone as awkward as Mark would be drawn in by his high-energy BS. Visually, this might not be the kind of film we immediately think of when throwing around the term "Fincher-esque." Outside of a rowing race shot in a tilt-shift style that makes everything look like miniatures, there are no bravura sequences -- just whisky-soaked golden-brown interiors at Harvard, and sleek, cold meeting rooms where the characters are forced to give deposition after deposition. But the film's multiple thematic interests tickle Fincher's ongoing desire to tackle big ideas, and with elements such as the modern generation gap, the battle of the sexes, loyalty, and how the desire to get laid drives all social networks, rest assured this is, as the opening credits tell us, a David Fincher film. Nonetheless, it's also Aaron Sorkin's film. His dialogue here has a rhythm that not only allows the bon mots to hit for maximum comic effect -- you will remember many quotes from the movie -- but it also offers Eisenberg the chance to shine with a handful of monologues that are as potent and hard-hitting as the most entertaining diatribes in Paddy Chayefsky's Network. However, the film The Social Network most brings to mind is All the President's Men. Fincher takes a true story we already know the ending to and, with sizable help from Sorkin's razor-sharp characterizations and one-liners, creates a ceaselessly entertaining and compulsively watchable portrait of what may prove to be the defining social event of a generation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2011
  • UPC: 043396366268
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,104

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jesse Eisenberg Mark Zuckerberg
Justin Timberlake Sean Parker
Andrew Garfield Eduardo Saverin
Armie Hammer Cameron Winklevoss
Rashida Jones , Marilyn Delpy
Max Minghella Divya Narendra
Josh Pence Tyler Winklevoss
Brenda Song Christy
Joseph Mazzello Dustin Moskovitz
John Getz Sy
David Selby Gage
Denise Grayson Gretchen
Douglas Urbanski Larry Summers
Rooney Mara Erica Albright
Bryan Barter Billy Olsen
Patrick Mapel Chris Hughes
Barry Livingston Mr. Cox
Marybeth Massett Mrs. Cox
Henry Roosevelt Henry
Shelby Young KC
Nick Smoke KC's Friend
Cali Fredrichs KC's Friend
Steve Sires Speaker/Bill Gates
Malese Jow Alice
Victor Isaac Stuart Singer
Abhi Sinha Vikram
Mark Saul Bob
Cedric Sanders Reggie
Dakota Johnson Amelia Ritter
Inger Tudor Anne
Mariah Bonner Tori
Emma Fitzpatrick Sharon
James Shanklin Prince Albert
Alex Reznik Prince Albert's Aide
John Hayden Howard Winklevoss
Oliver Muirhead Mr. Kenwright
Wallace Langham Peter Thiel
Cayman Grant Peter Thiel's Assistant
Scott Lawrence Maurice
Jared Hillman Mackey
Caitlin Gerard Ashleigh
Peter Holden Facebook Lawyer
Darin Cooper Facebook Lawyer
Dustin Fitzsimons Phoenix Club President
Toby Meuli Phoenix Member Playing Facemash
Alecia Svenson Girl at Phoenix Club
Jami Owen Student Playing Facemash
James Dastoli Student Playing Facemash
Robert Dastoli Student Playing Facemash
Scotty Crowe Student Playing Facemash
Jayk Gallagher Student Playing Facemash
Carrie Armstrong Court Reporter
Randy Evans Student in Communications Office
Marcella Lentz-Pope Erica's Roommate
Trevor Wright B.U. Guy in Bra
Pamela Roylance Ad Board Chairwoman
Brian Palermo CS Lab Professor
Brett Leigh Phoenix Club Hazer
Chris Gouche Phoenix Club Pledge
Nancy Linari Larry Summers' Secretary
Aaron Sorkin Ad Executive
Kyle Fain Inern Eric
Christopher Khai Intern Ian
Courtney Arndt Victoria's Secrets Model
Felisha Terrell Beautiful Woman
Sarah Shane Adler Stoned Girl
Amy Ferguson Stoned Girl
Monique Edwards Bank Teller
Lacey Beeman Sorority Girl
Cherilyn Rae Wilson Sorority Girl
Caleb Jones Fraternity Guy
Franco Vega Policeman
Andrew Thacher Policeman
Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Kirk Baxter Editor
Curt Beech Art Director
Dana Brunetti Producer
Donald Graham Burt Production Designer
Ceán Chaffin Producer
Jeff Cronenweth Cinematographer
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Jim Davidson Associate Producer
Michael De Luca Producer
Aaron Haye Set Decoration/Design
Ren Klyce Sound/Sound Designer
Laray Mayfield Casting
Trent Reznor Score Composer
Atticus Ross Score Composer
Scott Rudin Producer
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Aaron Sorkin Screenwriter
Kevin Spacey Executive Producer
Bob Wagner Asst. Director
Angus Wall Editor
Jacqueline West Costumes/Costume Designer
Randy D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Jane Wuu Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Social Network (The Film)
1. Chapter 1 [7:34]
2. Chapter 2 [9:41]
3. Chapter 3 [7:04]
4. Chapter 4 [6:46]
5. Chapter 5 [3:40]
6. Chapter 6 [9:39]
7. Chapter 7 [6:26]
8. Chapter 8 [4:44]
9. Chapter 9 [4:36]
10. Chapter 10 [:08]
11. Chapter 11 [11:16]
12. Chapter 12 [6:47]
13. Chapter 13 [5:52]
14. Chapter 14 [8:53]
15. Chapter 15 [4:46]
16. Chapter 16 [9:05]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Social Network (The Film)
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio
         English
         English Audio Descriptive Service
         French
      Subtitles
         English
         English SDH
         French
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director David Fincher: On
      Audio Commentary With Director David Fincher: Off
      Audio Commentary With Writer Aaron Sorkin & The Cast: On
      Audio Commentary With Writer Aaron Sorkin & The Cast: Off
Disc #2 -- The Social Network (The Supplements)
   How Did They Ever Make a Movie Of Facebook?
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      Commencement
      Boston
      Los Angeles
      The Lot
   Additional Special Features
      Jeff Cronenweth and David Fincher On the Visuals
      Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter and Ren Klyce On Post
      Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and David Fincher On the Score
      In the Hall Of the Mountain King: Music Exploration
         First Draft Music Only
         First Draft Full Mix
         Final Draft Music Only
         Final Draft Full Mix
      Swarmatron
      Ruby Skye VIP Room: Multi-Angle Scene Breakdown
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            Composite View
            Rehearsal
            Interviews
            Tech Scout
            Principal Photography
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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    Amazing movie-beautiful in all aspects

    Most people (including me) who saw the trailer first thought that it was this cool movie about the guy who made Facebook. However it is so much more. It is a story of betrayal, and greed, and not-so-friendly people. Aaron Sorkin wrote this amazing film and whether it was based on a book or not, it's still amazing. The way that Fincher filmed this was absolutely amazing. He makes the actors do 99 takes, just if one thing was flawed. You can see that they put SO much detail into this movie. Most of which people don't notice. Not to mention that the actors are phenomenal. I have to admit that I thought that Justin Timberlake wasn't going to be as amazing as he was. Definitely check it out when you have the chance. You will not be disappointed at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2011

    Effective storytelling & great performances!

    Initially, when seeing the previews of this film, I wasn't sure it was worth checking out, since I assumed it'd be a dumb movie about Facebook. However, I was proven wrong; from the very beginning, I was hooked in by the story line (wonderfully written by Aaron Sorkin!). Very fast-paced, witty dialogue, and I enjoyed what would happen next scene by scene.
    I was confused at first with parts of the film, just because of the scenes cutting back and forth to the past and present, but after viewing this film several times now, I liked the story centering around the two depositions between Zuckerberg and his ex-best friend, Eduardo Saverin, and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.
    I was impressed by Eisenberg's performance, as he seems to regularly play a nice, under-appreciated guy in his films. Zuckerberg is portrayed as some sort of sarcastic jerk, while Saverin is shown in a sympathetic light. However, newcomer Andrew Garlfield's performance as Eduardo also took me by surprise. During the depositions, Eduardo explains his side of the story, regarding the creation of Facebook and the major events that resulted in broken friendships, financial concerns, and two lawsuits towards Zuckerber, which causes audiences to wonder: Is Zuckerberg guilty or innocent?
    This movie received major recognition, winning many awards, and Sorkin deserved the win for Best Adapted Screenplay. I am currently reading the biography, The Accidental Billionaires, as this story is so compelling and interesting to take further notice.
    Overall, for those who haven't seen this movie, then don't assume it's just a story about Facebook because it is more than that. It's worth checking out, and it's edgy, unique, and has powerful filmmaking!

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Must buy!

    After seeing The Social Network, I can honestly say I was amazed by this movie. Although I was hesitant to go see this film, I came out of it with my opinion completely changed and telling everyone they should go see it themselves. It is probably one of the few movies I would be able to sit through several different times and still be completely mesmerized. I never would of guessed that there was this much drama and passion behind the creation of a silly website that has America addicted. I highly suggest that everyone should see and buy this DVD because you will be shocked at the story behind this website that many of us spend countless hours on daily.
    The main character of this movie is Mark Zuckerberg, a computer genius attending Harvard University. Although he is socially awkward and very degrading to everybody that he knows (even his girlfriend), he is smarter than most of this kids in his classes and never ceases to amaze his professors. Zuckerberg has a very know-it-all attitude and it constantly pushes the people close to him away, first with his girlfriend then his best friend Eduardo Saverin. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg does a terrific job portraying a boy who thinks he is on top of the world and someone that who will step on anyone and everyone to make it to the top. Andrew Garfield, who is Saverin in this movie, plays the role of a boy who is left behind in the dust unexpectedly by his best friend and then attempts to take matters into his own hands. Zuckerberg is asked to help the Winklevoss twins, played by Armie Hammer and Josh pence, with an idea that they imagined; making an extremely exclusive club that everyone in the nation would want to be in, not just a club that is within their college. Little did they know that Zuckerberg had plans of his own and would essentially betray. On his way to the top, Zuckerberg is obligated to undergo several court cases simultaneously. He is also constantly drawn in the wrong path by Sean Park, played by Justin Timberlake, who continuously claims that he is going to help Zuckerberg reach the top.
    This movie really makes you think about American culture. These few reasons are what captured my attention most: First, Zuckerberg is symbolizing something in American culture that is sad to be true. He shows how a lot of people in America will hurt everyone they love just to become a wealthy American. The desire of popularity was also portrayed clearly. This applies to almost every age group especially to college students and grades below them. Zuckerberg shows himself in this light as well, desperate to be invited to join an extremely secretive social group on his campus and being very resentful when he watches his best friend get invited. This film is demonstrating the priority of many Americans to have to be in a well-known group otherwise they feel as though they basically do not exist to the rest of the world. Another aspect of American culture that is shown through this film is how technology is becoming extremely important in everyone's lives. The Social Network is a symbol of how technology is taking over many people's lives and this country's life. The plot of this film will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end and the director does a great job portraying this story. It will show you how people will do just about anything for the title of being one of the most successful people. I highly suggest you buy this DVD to see what happe

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    A Real Stinker

    Seems like this movie just got a lot of hype because the young character in it made billions of dollars. The movie, was a real sleeper, however. My wife and I agreed that greed can certainly be a boring topic after we unfortunately wasted a Saturday evening viewing this one. I realize that the idea was to vilify Mark Zuckerberg, but it could have been done in a way that was at least entertaining and not flat-out boring.

    My aplogies - when I wrote this, I believed I was commenting on the Movie, since that is what I clicked on. Navigating websites can lead to confusion. I have not read the book. After seeing the movie, I have no motivation to start reading the book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    very good

    I knew the story, didn't like the main character, but still found the movie engaging and provocative. Excellent performances, great visuals, and cool music.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    not very good

    i thought it was alright to start out with, then as the movie went on i started to notice how jesse eisenberg was just an @$$ hole and then i was waiting for it to be over

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Just incredible!

    No words, just INCREDIBLE. One of my top 5 movies, great production and realism, plus ir is very inspiring for someone that wants to make a life out of internet business.

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