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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  20 June 1999 (USA)
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This is a semi-humorous biographical film about the men who made the world of technology what it is today, their struggles during college, the founding of their companies, and the ingenious actions they took to build up the global corporate empires of Apple Computer Corporation and Microsoft Inc. Written by Flotis

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Good artists copy... Great artists steal.

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Steve jobs was later potrayed again in another movie by Ashton Kuchter (Jobs) See more »

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The text of the newspaper article shown near the beginning ("Boy Laughs and Computer Burns") has a sentence that says "A suggestion that public hearings on applications be limited to one every six months was taken under advisement by commission." That text is copied and from the article shown directly above. See more »

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Ridley Scott: Right. Well, Steven, at the moment I'm a touch more worried about getting...
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References Apple Mac: 1984 (1984) See more »

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Written by Joe Walsh and Patick Cullie
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A very watchable geek history
22 June 1999 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

As a geek in Silicon Valley I enjoyed this movie beyond my expectations. The makers of this movie seemed to agree with its protagonists that the evolution of the personal computer is a process that shaped the history of the world - and they're right. If you're not sitting in front of a Windows box or Mac right now, you're in the vast minority. The story of how Steve Jobs and Bill Gates amassed such wealth and power is an interesting one.

Noah Wyle (Jobs) and Anthony Michael Hall (Gates) fit their characters to a T. Gates was portrayed just as I imagined him - smug, opportunistic and sneaky, but hardly villainous. Surprisingly, during this movie I was more sympathetic to Gates than to the brilliant but unstable Jobs who came across as arrogant and petulant.

All in all, this was quite enjoyable for a tele-movie. If you're inclined towards the geeky yourself, and remember the early days of the PC biz, you'll probably find this movie quite educational.


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