Directed By
Produced By
Danny Boyle
Guymon Casady
Christian Colson
Mark Gordon
Scott Rudin
Screenplay By
Aaron Sorkin
Based on
Steve Jobs
by Walter Issacson
Edited By
Elliot Graham
Alwin H. Küchler
Music By
Daniel Pemberton
Universal Pictures
Distributed By
Universal Pictures
United States
United Kingdom
Release Date
September 5, 2015 (Telluride)
October 9, 2015 (United States)
November 13, 2015 (United Kingdom)
122 minutes
$30 million
$34.4 million

Steve Jobs is a 2015 biographical drama film based on the life of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. The film is directed by Danny Boyle, produced by Scott Rudin, and based on a screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin, which was adapted from Walter Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs. It was released on October 9, 2015.


Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

In 1984, the Apple Macintosh 128K's voice demo fails less than an hour before its unveiling at Flint Center. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs demands engineer Andy Hertzfeld fix it, threatening to publicly implicate him in the presentation's credits if he does not. Hertzfeld finally suggests faking the demo using the prototype Macintosh 512K computer.

Jobs rants to marketing executive Joanna Hoffman about a Time magazine article exposing his paternity dispute with ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan – he denies he is the father of Brennan's five-year-old daughter, Lisa. Brennan arrives with Lisa to confront him – she is bitter over his denials and his refusal to support her despite his wealth. Jobs bonds with Lisa over her MacPaint art and agrees to provide more money and a house. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak asks Jobs to acknowledge the Apple II team in his presentation, but Jobs feels that mentioning the computer (which he considers obsolete) is unwise.

By 1988, following the apparent failure of the Macintosh, Jobs has founded a new company, NeXT. Before the NeXT Computer launch at the War Memorial Opera House, he spends time with 9-year-old Lisa, but his relationship with Brennan is still strained – he accuses her of irresponsible behavior and of using Lisa to get money from him. Wozniak arrives and predicts the NeXT will be another failure. Jobs confronts him about his public criticism of him, and Wozniak questions Jobs' contributions to computing history. Jobs defends his role as that of a conductor, who directs "musicians" like Wozniak.

Apple CEO John Sculley demands to know why the world believes he fired Jobs – Jobs was actually forced out by the Apple board, who were resolute on updating the Apple II following the Macintosh's lackluster sales. Jobs lambasted the decision and dared them to cast a final vote on his tenure, despite Sculley's warnings. After Hoffman and Jobs discuss NeXT's unclear direction, she realizes that Jobs has designed the computer to entice Apple to buy the company and reinstate him.

By 1998, Apple has fired Sculley, purchased NeXT, and named Jobs CEO, and Jobs is about to unveil the iMac at Davies Symphony Hall. He is delighted by Hoffman's strong commercial forecasts, but furious that Lisa has allowed her mother to sell the house Jobs bought for them. Hoffman reminds Jobs that he threatened to withhold Lisa's college tuition – Hertzfeld admits that he paid Lisa's tuition and suggested she attend therapy. Wozniak again asks that Jobs credit the Apple II team during the presentation, and again he refuses.

Sculley arrives in secret and the two make amends. Jobs and Sculley discuss Jobs' life as an adopted child, and Jobs admits that his need for control stems from his feelings of powerlessness in being given up. At the behest of Hoffman, Jobs apologizes to Lisa for his mistakes and accepts that he is her father, admitting that he is "poorly made". Lisa watches her father take the stage to introduce the iMac.

All spoilers have been stated and have ended here.


  • Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc
  • Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, a member of the original Mac team and the NeXT team
  • Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. and creator of the Apple I and Apple II
  • Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993 and the former president of Pepsi-Cola
  • Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Lisa's mother (Jobs's high school girlfriend and an early employee of Apple)
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Mac team
  • Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, and Makenzie Moss as Lisa Brennan-Jobs (at different ages), Jobs's first child and Chrisann's daughter
  • Sarah Snook as Andrea "Andy" Cunningham, an entrepreneur and collaborator with Jobs for several product launches at Apple
  • Adam Shapiro as Avie Tevanian, former Senior V.P. of Software Engineering at Apple from 1997 to 2003
  • John Ortiz as Joel Pforzheimer, a journalist for GQ that interviews Jobs throughout the film


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