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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

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A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

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Alex Gibney

Writer:

Alex Gibney

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Belleville Bob Belleville ... Himself
Chrisann Brennan Chrisann Brennan ... Herself
Nolan Bushnell Nolan Bushnell ... Himself
Jason Chen Jason Chen ... Himself
Nick Denton ... Himself
Jesus Diaz Jesus Diaz ... Himself
Peter Elkind Peter Elkind ... Himself
Alex Gibney ... Narrator (voice)
Andy Grignon Andy Grignon ... Himself
Steve Jobs ... Himself (archive footage)
Yukari Iwatani Kane Yukari Iwatani Kane ... Herself
Daniel Kottke Daniel Kottke ... Himself
Brian Lam Brian Lam ... Himself
Regis McKenna Regis McKenna ... Himself
Joe Nocera Joe Nocera ... Himself
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In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs' image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, 'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine' is a critical examination of Jobs who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius and a barbed-tongued tyrant. A candid look at Jobs' legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, the film is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and his values which shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. Written by Anonymous

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Bold. Brilliant. Brutal.

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steve Jobs: Bilgisayarin Içindeki Adam See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,599, 11 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$494,461, 8 November 2015
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Apple senior executive Eddy Cue was quick to express his disappointment in this documentary, describing the film on Twitter as "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew." See more »

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Features Apple Mac: 1984 (1984) See more »

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She's A Rainbow
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Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Played during Apple iMac segment
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The good, the bad and the ugly -- a balanced look at Steve Jobs
22 August 2016 | by KoalaBear33See all my reviews

I feel that a lot of content about Steve Jobs, whether film or TV interviews or books or written articles, often present a simplistic, one-sided, view of Steve Jobs. Many present just a portion, such as the technological achievements; others just cover certain time periods--the resurgence of Apple after 2000--and doesn't clearly convey the character of Steve Jobs and his history.

This documentary is something unique: it presents a balanced view of Steve Jobs. It is mostly about Steve Jobs as a person and less about Apple or technologies he was involved in.

Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine covers not only the good side, including his spiritual journey, but also his terrible personality, some serious ethics lapses (such as the options backdating scandal or the secret deal with other companies to prevent tech workers from getting jobs elsewhere), and some controversial manufacturing practices sanctioned by Apple (regarding its suppliers in China and elsewhere). This coverage of the controversial issues is what makes this a great documentary; it doesn't whitewash anything at all.

If you are looking for something more about the technology or how he made Apple into a success, you should check out other material. But if you are looking to learn about how Steve Jobs was as a person, I highly recommend this documentary. I have seen or read quite a bit about Steve Jobs (since the 90's) and this probably does the best job of covering his complex personality and his decisionmaking.


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