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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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Pirates of Silicon Valley

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It's fair to say that "Pirates of Silicon Valley" established the standard that all worthy movies about the computer revolution will need to follow.

August 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Pirates is a hoot.

July 18, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

July 18, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

December 28, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

November 5, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pirates of Silicon Valley


Good. 3.5-4.

Kyle Meisch
Kyle Meisch

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?
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
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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