Pirates of Silicon Valley Review

Topics: Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, Microsoft Pages: 5 (1318 words) Published: September 26, 2010
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Pirates of Silicon Valley is a 1999 film based on the book Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. It is a made-for-television docudrama written and directed by Martyn Burke which documents the rise of the home computer (personal computer) through the rivalry between Apple Computer and Microsoft. The film stars Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates and Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs. (Wikipedia.com)

"The Pirates of Silicon Valley" is about the beginning of both Apple and Microsoft. Steve Jobs and his buddy Steve Wozniak have a tiny computer they've invented which is causing a lot of excitement. Eventually, they're getting orders, then money. Soon Apple is a flourishing company. In the meantime, Bill Gates and his buddy, Paul Allen, outspoken their way into creating an operating system for the newfangled machine, the Altair. Then they made their way into licensing DOS to IBM. Soon they're making a lot of money, although not as much as Apple. Apple takes the graphical user interface from Xerox's PARC labs, and then Microsoft steals it from Apple. It is based on a historical fact regarding on Steve Jobs and how Apple got started and also about Bill Gates and how Microsoft got started. The movie then proceeds to narrate the events that led to the development of the first Apple computer. The movie is called Pirates of Silicon Valley because it is about piracy in the computer world and Silicon Valley is a place in California where computers are built. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did many wrong actions during the beginnings of Microsoft and Apple. Before watching the movie, I thought this will be boring and dull because I’m not fun of watching documentaries. I’m very picky in movies to watch but it’s another topic if it’ a requirement. I’m one of the people who are very thankful in the invention of computer since it would become unexciting if there were no softwares, WWW etc. This movie is somewhat interesting to those who want to know these two public personas: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. At the beginning of the movie Steve Jobs said:

“ I don't want you to think of this as just a film, some process of converting electrons and magnetic impulses into shapes and figures and sounds. No. Listen damn it. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We're creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or a poet. That's how you have to think of this. We're rewriting the history of human thought with what we're doing.”

The dialogue that I love most from the movie was from Steve Wozniak, he said:

“ Microsoft? Nobody I knew ever heard of Microsoft. Or Bill Gates. I mean, they were nobodies. But then we were all nobodies, which was perfect for us. Because all the respectable, straight-arrow guys were busy doing what they always do, which is be respectable. Which meant the rest of us could run around acting like crazies, which is what we did best. I miss those days.”

Joey Slotnick, left, poses with Steve Wozniak.
Slotnick portrayed Wozniak in the film Pirates
of Silicon Valley.

It’s amusing to watch shaggy nerds rose to become the richest people on Earth. Seeing this history played out is thoroughly entertaining. The actors who portrayed the role did a good job. Steve Jobs is portrayed as a domineering visionary who always has an eye on the combining of art and science. Bill Gates is shown as a clever businessman who always sees the hows of the business deal....
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