Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  20 June 1999 (USA)
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Homebrew Tech
Harris Mann ...
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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 portrayed again in another movie by Ashton Kutcher (Jobs (2013)) See more »


In the scene where Steve Ballmer is discussing joining Microsoft in 1980 and Bill Gates says "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer", Gates is initially shown typing on an IBM PC XT keyboard. Shortly thereafter, in the frame where he is hunched over the keyboard with Ballmer and Allen over his right shoulder, he has an IBM PC AT keyboard. See more »


[first lines]
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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References Apple Mac: 1984 (1984) See more »


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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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