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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Movie 20 June 1999
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History of Apple and Microsoft.

Director:

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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Storyline

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:

Pirates of Silicon Valley See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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When Bill Gates and Paul Allen are working out of the motel they are staying at in Albuquerque, there is a sign in the window that reads "Microsoft". At that time (1975), Microsoft was spelled as "Micro-Soft". See more »

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[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.
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Winning at All Costs …
21 June 1999 | by Chris-180See all my reviews

An excellent movie ....

Those who refuse to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them!! BIG corporate America incapable of a little (personal computer) vision. Put the two together and you've got ENTERPRISE.

HOW TO WIN AT BIG BUSINESS: Step #1 - Show them (the customer) that YOU have something that they really can't live without, Step #2 - CAPITALIZE on their weakness(es).

The movie is about how Steve [Steven Paul Jobs (2/24/55), Apple Computers; Cofounder, Steven Wozniak] and Bill [William Henry Gates III (10/28/55), Microsoft; Cofounder, Paul Allen] built their respective companies into their own view of what they wanted computers to be and then, in the end, who eventually gobbled-up whom.

The high point in the movie, for me at least, was when Bill Gates found himself in jail and the door to his cell was closing in on him (for a traffic violation).

In the last few scenes we hear Steve talking to Bill. "We're better than you are ... we have better stuff," Steven Jobs. "You don't get it, Steve, THAT doesn't matter!" Bill Gates.

The movie may have ended, but the STORY goes on ....

Rating: 10 out 10 stars


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