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Steve Jobs Movie: 5 Myths, 5 Realities

The latest Steve Jobs film hits most theaters this weekend. What did the movie get right, and what did it get wildly wrong?
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Wrong: Opening Scene, Mac Launch 
In the first moments of the film, Jobs throws a tantrum because the Macintosh won't say 'Hello' shortly before its 1984 launch. Thinking the technical error could interfere with the success of its release, Jobs takes his anger out on Mac programmer Andy Hertzfeld and threatens to publicly acknowledge his failure if he does not get the demo to work before the show.
While all Apple product launches were stressful, chaotic events, the Mac glitch -- and the anger that ensued -- did not actually happen.
(Image: Steve Jobs official website)

Wrong: Opening Scene, Mac Launch

In the first moments of the film, Jobs throws a tantrum because the Macintosh won't say "Hello" shortly before its 1984 launch. Thinking the technical error could interfere with the success of its release, Jobs takes his anger out on Mac programmer Andy Hertzfeld and threatens to publicly acknowledge his failure if he does not get the demo to work before the show.

While all Apple product launches were stressful, chaotic events, the Mac glitch -- and the anger that ensued -- did not actually happen.

(Image: Steve Jobs official website)

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kstaron
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kstaron,
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10/27/2015 | 1:54:26 PM
Too much creative liscence is annoying
I find it annoying when movie makers use the name of a person to describe a psuedo moment of time in which so much in not factually correct. I understand you need to make some creative liscencing to get the feel of the people and events, cutting out minor characters becasue real life is so much messier than a movie can contain. The more I read about the movie the less I'm likely to go see it. If it doesn't really tell me about Steve Jobs, If it doesn't tell me how Apple got built, If it's  just about a tempermental man that had a bunch of fictional arguments, why would I want to see that. They should have left Steve Job's name out of the title and just called it "launch" for something to differentiate it from a biography.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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10/21/2015 | 11:12:25 AM
Re: It's a movie
I didn't see Moneyball, but I did see The Social Network. Sorkin has an interesting perspective, and his association with those two movies may also draw people in to see the Jobs movie.

Many of the events in Steve Jobs are made up, unfortunately for those who go into the movie expecting a lot of legitimate information. While there are some nuggets of truth in there, it looks like the fiction outweighs the facts.
Brian.Dean
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10/21/2015 | 7:46:32 AM
Re: It's a movie
I feel that curating is a difficult process and selecting the right perspective can make all the difference. If the Earth is set as the point of reference, the moon rotates around it and if the moon is set as the point of reference then, the Earth rotates around it -- select another point and the Earth and moon goes around each other.

The economics of entertainment is changing. Viewers have started searching for facts in science fiction movies such as, Interstellar, etc. The Steve Jobs movie might hold information value. However, without having watched the movie I can say that there is a bias and expectation that the movie will hold some informational value because, Moneyball was great.
Kelly22
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10/20/2015 | 5:04:51 PM
Re: It's a movie
Think you hit the nail on the head here. They could've made up a movie about someone else, but it wouldn't gotten a fraction of the attention Steve Jobs did, or made as much money off it. If the film is about Steve Jobs, people will talk about it and pay to see it, especially if the people behind it are already connected to a popular movie (in this case, The Social Network).
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10/20/2015 | 1:31:53 PM
Re: It's a movie
opportunistic

lol

Exploit the sittuation/name so they can spend little $. The movie gets free advertise from the media anyway. Production cost next to nothing(unknown actor). Anyway, it'll make $ for sure.

They do make those movies like you suggested. But those cost them heavy $ (production, advertisement, etc). And there is no guarantee they will make profit.

 
vnewman2
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10/20/2015 | 1:24:12 PM
Re: It's a movie
But then why not just make a completely fictional movie that's not tied to a real person?
hho927
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10/20/2015 | 12:47:27 PM
Re: It's a movie
The purpose of making a movie is to make money. (Unless somebody pays the movie maker, then it's not about money.) If it's entertainment, it'll make money.

If at the beggining, the screen shows it's for entertainment purpose only. Why don't we just enjoy it for that. Why everything has to be correct?

It's not an an education movie.
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10/20/2015 | 12:39:57 PM
Re: It's a movie
@hho927, While I don't entirely disagree with that point, I think there's a point where poetic license ends and outright making things up begins.  I would argue that anytime a movie is about a person, then the events depicted in the story need to be true.  Otherwise, you're just fabricating a non-existant person's life.  Am I wrong?
hho927
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10/19/2015 | 8:00:17 PM
It's a movie
Not everything suppose to be true unless it's a documentary.
Kelly22
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10/19/2015 | 10:54:22 AM
Re: Steve Job's Movies: Fact or Fiction
That's something I thought of -- sure, Boyle and Sorkin admitted the movie isn't factually sound, but is that something most viewers will recognize or remember? Or will they leave theatres thinking this is an accurate portrayal of how things unfolded in Jobs' life?
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