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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Movie 20 June 1999
History of Apple and Microsoft.

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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Homebrew Tech
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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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20 June 1999 (USA)  »

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A Szilícium-völgy kalózai  »

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Trivia

At the 1999 Macworld conference, shortly after the premiere of this TV movie, the introductory comments were made not by Steve Jobs, but by Noah Wyle, reprising his role in this movie. The real Jobs emerged shortly after and traded jokes with Wyle. See more »

Goofs

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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Steve Jobs: I don't want you to think of this as just a film - some process of converting electrons and magnetic impulses into shapes and figures and sounds. No. Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We're creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or poet. That's how you have to think of this. We're rewriting the history of human thought with what we're doing.
Ridley Scott: Right. Well, Steven, at the moment I'm a touch more worried about getting...
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Janja Vujovich is credited as "Post Sound Goddess". See more »

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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Vivace
By Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited)
[first movement of the Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043]
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Character is Destiny
19 February 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Even for TNT, this is a great movie. Could have been cut around the edges with scenes like the kid's birthday, Jobs' relationship with his daughter that never connected with his role as the founder of Apple, and Xerox's ignorance in the triumph of both Microsoft and Apple. The entire movie is filled with 'monsters' if you are the anti-businessman. Then again, most of the movie's audience is businessmen or computer freaks. Hall's performance is outstanding. HE makes Bill Gates love-able and hate-able at the same time.


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