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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 the opening scene where they are filming the 1984 Macintosh commercial, Ridley Scott calls the actress who throws the hammer Michelle. Her real life name is Anya Major. 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.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Entertaining and Informative
22 June 1999 | by SkerritSee all my reviews

I found the film to be both entertaining and informative. This is a nice little history lesson about the sometimes tense relationship between Apple and Microsoft. This movie did a good job of showing the genius of Jobs and Gates, as well as the missed opportunities of major companies like IBM, Hewlett Packard, and of course Xerox. I found myself cheering both Jobs and Gates at different times throughout the film. All in all, a superb bit of acting on the part of Noah Wiley (Steve Jobs) and Anthony Michael Hall (Bill Gates).


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