In 1999, TNT released "Pirates of Silicon Valley", a television biopic starring Noah Wiley as Apple Computers founder Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The film recounts the birth of the Personal Computer revolution, and the story is told through the rise of Apple and Microsoft in the 1970's, 80's, and 90's.
The film is straight forward in its story telling. Moreover, it successfully weaves in accurate historical facts while still managing to make Jobs and Gates into two exceptionally compelling protagonists.
When Steve Jobs biography is adapted for film, I hope it is inspired by "Pirates of Silicon Valley," and avoids the big budget cinematic polish that tends to eliminate historic truths from movies.
The real Steve Jobs was neither an angel or the devil, he is like every man, a mixture of both and should have the right to be portrayed as such on film.
I highly recommend "Pirates of Silicon Valley" to anybody looking for a Steve Jobs fix or anyone interested in business history. It is a well told story of how the four great men of the personal computer era, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Steve Allen and Steve Jobs revolutionized an industry and began a revolution.