Pirates of Silicon Valley

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"The true story of how Bill Gates and Steve Jobs changed the world."
  • NR
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 7.2  (25,040)

The movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" from 1999 is a biographical drama that depicts the rise of two iconic computer technology companies, Apple and Microsoft, during the late 1970s and the early 1980s. The movie follows the story of Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) and their journey to revolutionize the computer industry.

The movie begins with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in a garage, developing the first Apple computer. However, they quickly realize that their product is not scalable, and they do not have enough capital to expand their business. Meanwhile, Bill Gates along with Paul Allen starts developing software for personal computers, leading to the creation of Microsoft.

The movie portrays the intense competition between Apple and Microsoft in the computer industry. Both Jobs and Gates are shown as ruthless business leaders, who are determined to make their respective companies the best in the industry. The movie also shows how both the companies used aggressive marketing strategies to gain market share. Microsoft was focused on developing software, while Apple was known for making more user-friendly products that were aesthetically superior.

The rivalry between Jobs and Gates becomes increasingly bitter as Apple tries to broaden its product range and develops the Lisa, which ends up being a commercial failure. However, after the board of directors removes Jobs from the company, he launches the Apple Macintosh, which becomes a huge success.

On the other hand, Gates and Microsoft continue to expand their business and market share. They license their software to IBM and various other companies, leading to Microsoft's monopoly over the computer software ecosystem. As both companies continue their fierce rivalry, they take legal action against each other, with Apple suing Microsoft for copying their user interface elements in Windows.

The movie also explores the personal lives of Jobs and Gates. Jobs is shown as a volatile personality, who is often rude and dismissive towards his colleagues. He is also shown as someone who is obsessed with his work and has a difficult relationship with his daughter. On the other hand, Gates is portrayed as someone who is more grounded, but also manipulative and opportunistic. He is also shown to have a difficult relationship with his business partner, Paul Allen.

Throughout the movie, there are various scenes that showcase the intense passion and drive of these two tech giants, and how they were able to change the world through their inventions. The movie ends with Jobs' return to Apple, where he launches the iMac, and Gates' deposition on antitrust charges brought against Microsoft.

Overall, "Pirates of Silicon Valley" is a well-made biographical drama that depicts the rise of two iconic companies that have changed the world. The movie serves as an insight into the careers of two of the most influential figures in the tech industry and is a must-watch for anyone interested in the history of technology.

Pirates of Silicon Valley is a 1999 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (25,040)