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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.

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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 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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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

In an early scene, where Woz and Jobs were chatting about the future (in Captain Crunch's bedroom or dorm room), there is a Star Trek poster hanging on the wall. The Enterprise shown is the earliest version from the original TV show, but the poster ("All I need to know about life I learned from Star Trek") was produced in the 1990s. The words above "Star Trek" have been trimmed off. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Janja Vujovich is credited as "Post Sound Goddess". See more »

Alternate Versions

Aspect ratio was re-cut to 1.78:1 for some TV broadcast and DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Synchronicity 1
Written by Sting
Performed by The Police
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A very watchable geek history
22 June 1999 | by Col-3See 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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Country:

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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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Color

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1.33 : 1
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