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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

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History of Apple and Microsoft.

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Martyn Burke

Writers:

Paul Freiberger (book), Michael Swaine (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Richard Waltzer ... Homebrew Tech
Harris Mann Harris Mann ... Longhair #1
Clay Wilcox ... Longhair #2
Marcus Giamatti ... Dan Kottke
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Szilícium-völgy kalózai See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and producer Michael Piller was so impressed by Anthony Michael Hall's performance as Bill Gates that he chose him to play the lead role of Johnny Smith in the television adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Dead Zone. See more »

Goofs

When Wozniak accidentally sets fire to his computer made from spare parts, just as the local newspaper arrives to cover the story, a brief shot of the newspaper article (Boy Laughs as Computer Burns) follows, part of the text states "Steve's freind Steve Jobs" - with 'friend' misspelled as 'freind'. See more »

Quotes

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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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Gemini Dream
Written by Justin Hayward and John Lodge
Performed by The Moody Blues
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It's about time.
1 July 1999 | by Crowbot-2See all my reviews

It's about time TNT made a good movie. Finally someone has made an enjoyable movie/documentary about the cpu age. The acting is good with Hall actually getting a nerdy part right and Wyle is just creepy. The problem is the bizarre storytelling one minute you're watching something from 1984 then 1997 then you go all the way back to 1974. It gets confusing. They also cut out some great moments in cpu history, but it's still a good movie. ***1/2 of ****


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