Pirates of Silicon Valley [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 7324843
  • Release Date: 08/30/2005
  • Rating: NR
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

Special Features


  • DVD-exclusive introduction by Noah Wyle
  • TV spot
  • Languages & subtitles: English & Español

Synopsis


Pirates of Silicon Valley
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. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Noah Wyle
    Noah Wyle - Steve Jobs
  • Anthony Michael Hall
    Anthony Michael Hall - Bill Gates
  • Joey Slotnick
    Joey Slotnick - Steve Wozniak
  • John DiMaggio
    John DiMaggio - Steve Ballmer
  • Josh Hopkins
    Josh Hopkins - Paul Allen



Overall customer rating

4.5
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic Made for TV Movie

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    Valo
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    I saw this movie laying on top of one of the bins in my local Best Buy. I remembered liking it when it first aired on TNT back in the 1990s so I decided to check it out. This movie is leaps and bounds above the recent movie made about Steve Jobs. PoSV goes into the origins of both Apple and Microsoft and ends with their partnership in the late 90s. Great cast and story no matter which company you prefer! My only issue is that the movie was just thrown on a disc and put in shelves. I can't say I'd blame the makers though, this is a made for TV movie after all and the price was way worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for Steve Jobs fan

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    JonST

    This was a made for TV movie so it never got the press coverage a big box office release gets. Both the actors that play the parts of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were spot on with their characters. They even look like Jobs and Gates back in the day In fact Steve Wozniak said the movie was accurate, although some events were out of order. If you want to see how two college drop outs started their own businesses and became billionaires...this is your movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does a good job of telling the story of Apple/MS

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    JJRIC
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    This is a nice made for TV movie. Although not 100% accurate, explains how Apple and Microsoft were founded and a clear contrast between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates personalities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great actors, good story, so so DVD

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    oserus99
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    The movie is good especially if you like Anthony Michael Hall. While it does take liberties with reality, it's a good run. The extras on the disc are practically non-existant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, great 70s & 80s history/tech lesson.

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    cris29407
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    Great movie, great 70s & 80s history/tech lesson. My wife used for a class lesson on the huge advancement of computer technology and the rise of PCs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    Posted
    Andrew12852

    Very interesting movie. It shows how Steve Jobs and Bill Gates first started. Especially, now that Steve Jobs has passed away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    "Sort of a background of Jobs and Gates.

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    HeyOldGuy
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    The title sums it up completely. If it is true, both men got help for others and little is known about these helpers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    OMG!!!!!!!! the absolute greatest movie bill gate

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    carrie1969

    this is the greatest movie of all time i watch it all night every night it never gets old. then story and the cast are great

    I would recommend this to a friend



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