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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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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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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 »

Goofs

Japan did not manufacture or use Microsoft-run computers when Windows was introduced, China manufactured the computers. Jobs states that his people came back from Japan with computers with the first copies of Windows. 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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Janja Vujovich is credited as "Post Sound Goddess". See more »

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

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Written by Joe Walsh and Patick Cullie
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Triumph for TNT, But Try "Triumph" also...
18 June 1999 | by Thomas-79See all my reviews

I have yet to see the new TNT film "Pirates of Silicon Valley" but I will say that I am extrememly interested. I have appreciated both actors, and have enjoyed TNT films before.

While "Pirates" will probably be a good adaptation of the early days of Jobs and Gates and Computers, to get the True Story of the Early Days, search and find the Wonderful Documentary Film "Triumph of the Nerds". This documentary was filmed about 8 years ago (i think, IMDB may have actual info) and tracks the success of not only Jobs and Gates, but all the 'little people' who supported and suffered along the way. It is entertaining, and shows the good side, and bad side of the whole revolution.

Again, I would like to say that "Pirates" promises to be interesting, but please give "Triumph" a try.

Thomas B.


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