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
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Critic Reviews for Pirates of Silicon Valley
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.
Those wanting to know the true story behind the creation of computer giants Apple and Microsoft better look elsewhere.
god damn, bill gates is one cool mofo
An intriguing look at how the computer world got to be the way it is.
Audience Reviews for Pirates of Silicon Valley
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.
Decent TV movie about the invention of the home personal computer, and the battle between Apple and Microsoft in the early days. Its fascinating, and well acted, especially for a TV movie.
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