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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)




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This tech-world biopic traces the fortunes of personal-computer companies Apple and Microsoft from their obscure dorm-room and backyard origins to their very public battle for corporate supremacy. Writer/director Martyn Burke follows the parallel lives of Microsoft founder Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) and Apple co-founders Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Steve Wozniak (Joey Slotnick) -- the former a crafty Harvard dropout, the latter a pair of hippies with jobs at Hewlett-Packard and a yen to sell miniature versions of corporate mainframes to small businesses and at-home enthusiasts. Much like the personal-computer industry itself, the action starts with Apple then gradually shifts to Microsoft. The former plot thread recounts how Jobs and Wozniak "borrowed" key concepts from a Xerox computer lab, eked out their success as countercultural businessmen, and finally fell out with one another over the pressure of success. The latter thread focuses on the way Gates learned from, then surpassed, the brains behind Apple and turned his company into the global powerhouse that it is today. Based on Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine's Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer, the film actually focuses only on that book's final chapters. Produced for cable channel TNT, Pirates of Silicon Valley debuted June 18, 1999.
NR (adult situations/language, sex)
Drama , Television
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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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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


Good. 3.5-4.

Kyle Meisch
Kyle Meisch

Super Reviewer


A great dramatization of the birth of apple and Microsoft from the creators perspectives. You feel like you get a good look at there personalities and reasons for making themselves into the men they became without the filmmaker condoning or condemning there actions. Didn't even recognize Antony Michael hall, kind of an underrated actor. Its so fun to see all the amazing technology's that certain company's and individuals though was worthless and ended up changing the world. A great mix of learning and entertainment.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

three stars

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