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Writers (WGA):
Paul Freiberger (book) and
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Release Date:
20 June 1999 (USA) See more »
Good artists copy... Great artists steal.
History of Apple and Microsoft. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Noah Wyle ... Steve Jobs

Joey Slotnick ... Steve Wozniak

J.G. Hertzler ... Ridley Scott

Anthony Michael Hall ... Bill Gates

Wayne Pére ... Captain Crunch

Sheila Shaw ... Mrs. Wozniak
Gema Zamprogna ... Arlene

John DiMaggio ... Steve Ballmer

Josh Hopkins ... Paul Allen

Gailard Sartain ... Ed Roberts
Allan Kolman ... Therapist
Richard Waltzer ... Homebrew Tech
Harris Mann ... Longhair #1

Clay Wilcox ... Longhair #2

Marcus Giamatti ... Dan Kottke

Melissa McBride ... Elizabeth Holmes

Jeffrey Nordling ... Mike Markkula

Marc Worden ... Chris Larson

Kelly Mullis ... Prostitute

Rene Rivera ... Pimp
Rod Roeser ... Albuquerque Executive

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Bill's Secretary

Nikita Ager ... Apple Receptionist

Brian Gattas ... Adamson

Paul Popowich ... Jones

Doug Cox ... Job Applicant

Michael Francis Clarke ... IBM Executive #1

Michael Bryan French ... IBM Executive #2

Gerald McCullouch ... Rod Brock
Tammy Brady Conrad ... Young Skating Woman (as Brady Conrad)

Allan Royal ... John Sculley

Bodhi Elfman ... John Gilmore (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)

Holly Lewis ... Xerox Project Manager
Robert Daniel Phelps ... Xerox Executive

Brian Lester ... Charles Simonyi

Michael Chieffo ... Airline Clerk #1
Wanda Christine ... Airline Clerk #2 (as Wandachristine)
Karl Wiedergott ... Mac Designer

Brooke Radding ... Little Lisa

Kitty Swink ... Woman
Alexander Enberg ... Photographer
Cardella Di Milo ... Ella Fitzgerald (as Cardella Demillo)
Robert Pierce ... Jazz Band Player #1
Sherman Ferguson ... Jazz Band Player #2
Louie Spears ... Jazz Band Player #3
Louis Taylor ... Jazz Band Player #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J.J. Cohen
Grady Hutt ... (unconfirmed)

Michael Laren ... IBM singer
Dean Chambers ... Corporate Execuitive (uncredited)

Diane Robin ... Irate Woman (uncredited)

Nicholas Wilde ... Xerox Designer (uncredited)

Directed by
Martyn Burke 
Writing credits
Paul Freiberger (book "Fire in the Valley") and
Michael Swaine (book "Fire in the Valley")

Martyn Burke (written by)

Produced by
Joseph Dougherty .... co-executive producer
Steven Haft .... executive producer
Nick Lombardo .... executive producer
Leanne Moore .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Fitzpatrick 
Cinematography by
Ousama Rawi 
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
Casting by
Lisa Freiberger 
Production Design by
Jeff Ginn 
Art Direction by
Brandt Gordon 
Set Decoration by
Kelly Hernsdorf 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
Makeup Department
Selina Jayne .... makeup department head
Timothy A. Miguel .... makeup artist
Tracy Warbin .... makeup artist: Mr. Wyle
Production Management
Bryan Gawron .... post-production supervisor
Sue Jennings .... production supervisor
Leanne Moore .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Christina Fong .... second assistant director
Basil Grillo .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Ellis J. Barbacoff .... assistant property master
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
David Brennan .... set dresser
Joshua Foster .... set dresser
David Pirinelli .... lead man
Doug Scott .... on-set dresser
Ward Welton .... paint supervisor
Gaston Wurth .... set dresser
James Chianese .... set dresser (uncredited)
Abigail Sheiner .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stephen Halbert .... sound
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
John Rice .... sound editor
Phillip Seretti .... sound re-recording mixer
Phillip Seretti .... sound supervisor
Janja Vujovich .... post-production sound coordinator
James Wright .... dolby consultant
Special Effects by
Franco Goss .... specialty props
Visual Effects by
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor
Dianna Oliva-Day .... Visual Effects Producer: Stargate Digital
Victor Scalise .... visual effects editor
Jaison Stritch .... 3D visual effects supervisor
Scott Dougherty .... digital effects producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith .... visual effects production coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Brian Avery .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Jacob Chambers .... stunt double
Laura Lee Connery .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
Kurt D. Lott .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian de la Pena .... electrician
Jack M. Guberman .... best boy electric
Sergio Gutierrez .... dolly grip (as Sergio 'Ponch' Gutierrez)
Jennifer Ann Henry .... second assistant camera: second unit
Doug Hyun .... still photographer
Ross Judd .... camera operator
Jeff Levy .... gaffer
Ernesto Pérez .... best boy grip
Gary Tachell .... first assistant camera
Randy Tambling .... key grip
R. Gern Trowbridge .... best boy electric
R. Gern Trowbridge .... rigging chief lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Juan Lopez .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Debra Light .... assistant editor
Location Management
David A. Foster .... location manager
Paul Harrison .... key assistant location manager
Kyle Oliver .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Ted Blaisdell .... score mixer
Tanya Noel Hill .... music editor
David Tobocman .... music producer
Transportation Department
Tony Barattini .... driver: set dress
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Steve Larson .... transportation dispatcher
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator
John Pellegrino .... driver
Other crew
Maxine Bergen .... script supervisor
Mark Bronson .... post-production accountant
John C. Bush .... on-set playback
Michael J. Fowler .... computer playback operator
Denise Godoy .... publicist
Anna E. Hayward .... set production assistant
Randy McKenney .... stand-in
Nadia Paine .... assistant: Mr. Lombardo
Patti Small .... production accountant
Mark Trapenberg .... set production assistant
Jen Wall .... production coordinator
Gordon Weiske .... assistant to director
Lang Yee .... assistant accountant
Stephen Bridgewater .... drama coach (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Battle of Silicon Valley" - Japan (English title)
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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Noah Wyle was considered to play the role Steve Jobs again in Steve Jobs (2015).See more »
Continuity: In the Hare Krishna dance scene, Jobs is wearing a flower lei in the closeups but not the long shots.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 light on the actress. Do you know what I mean?
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Movie Connections:
References Apple Mac: 1984 (1984) (V)See more »
I Put A Spell On YouSee more »


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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Awkward But Fascinating, 2 April 2003
Author: ( from Philadelphia, PA

This is an engaging historical-fiction look at the development of the famous computer companies Apple and Microsoft. The performances are terrific, but the film suffers from trying to handle several main characters and cover a lot of historical events. It is also unfortunate that there are three main characters all named "Steve."

The story is told from the perspective of Steve Wozniak (Joey Slotnik), who is portrayed as a gentle head and caring foil to Noah Wyle's brilliant but cruel portrayal of Steve Jobs, Wozniak's Apple co-founder. Anthony Michael Hall obviously has a wonderful time playing the weaselly Bill Gates.

The title is a pun referencing both the buccaneering style Jobs celebrated at Apple, and the idea of unethically 'pirating' the computer developments of other engineers. The film's main point is that both Apple and Microsoft gained their key functionality, the image-based screen display of a computer system (GUI) and the 'mouse' pointing device, by 'pirating' the ideas. Apple swipes them from Xerox, then Microsoft swipes them from Apple.

This is a personality study and not a technical review, and while that may make it more accessible the film doesn't make it entirely clear why Jobs provides so much access to Gates and his crew (presumably Gates is supposedly modifying his computer language, BASIC, to work on the Apple?)

I'd have to know a lot more about Wozniak, Jobs, and Gates before judging them from this film, which is especially hard on Jobs. Wyle portrays him as a selfish and arrogant adolescent, exploiting and manipulating friends and subordinates. Altogether the film is worth watching, but bittersweet and possibly slanted.

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