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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)




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What begins as an experiment in neo-hippie low-level capitalism becomes a tooth-and-nail battle for control of the biggest business boom of the last quarter of the 20th century -- the personal computer revolution -- in Pirates of Silicon Valley. Noah Wyle stars as Steve Jobs and Joey Slotnick plays Steve Wozniak, a pair of computer enthusiasts who meet while working at Hewlett-Packard in the early '70s. Together they hatch a goofy scheme to market a small computer for the home or small office, and found a company to manufacture and sell their brainchild, which they name Apple Computers. Apple gets off the ground despite Jobs' habit of meeting loan officers while wearing cutoffs and a T-shirt. Somewhere down the line, a guy named Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) comes into the picture, who seemed to slip into the company unnoticed but was soon battling Jobs for control. By 1997, Jobs would devolve into a egocentric corporate raider and Gates would be one of the wealthiest men in the entire world, becoming a "financial partner" in Apple (and saving them from probable extinction) after sinking his hooks into nearly every non-Apple personal computer on earth. Produced for the TNT cable network, Pirates of Silicon Valley first aired in June, 1999.more
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By: ,
Written By: Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine, Martyn Burke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
Warner Home Video


Noah Wyle
as Steve Jobs
Joey Slotnick
as Steve Wozniak
John DiMaggio
as Steve Ballmer
Josh Hopkins
as Paul Allen
Bodhi Elfman
as Gilmore
Gailard Sartain
as Ed Roberts
Jeffrey Nordling
as Mike Markula
Wayne Pére
as Captain Crunch
Allan Royal
as John Sculley
Joseph Slotnick
as Steve Wozniak
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Critic Reviews for Pirates of Silicon Valley

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Pirates is a hoot.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Martyn Burke has taken the battle fought in the microchip trenches at the dawn of the computer revolution and turned it into a wildly entertaining geek tragedy with the stylistic feel of true art.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
Top Critic

Those wanting to know the true story behind the creation of computer giants Apple and Microsoft better look elsewhere.

Full Review… | December 28, 2004

god damn, bill gates is one cool mofo

January 7, 2004

An intriguing look at how the computer world got to be the way it is.

November 5, 2003
Nitrate Online

If you ever wanted to know how the juggernaut grew, then go ahead and Netflix it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Pirates of Silicon Valley

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed the performances by the two main actors but the fake documentary left a little to be desired. I would have liked a more straight forward telling of the story in the traditional movie of the week way.
It did show me that both these guys are a little nuts. I guess that's what it takes to make the millions... a weak grasp of reality.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


Good. 3.5-4.

Kyle Meisch
Kyle Meisch

Super Reviewer

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