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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)

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In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he works to adapt a fantasy novel into a video game.


David Slade


Charlie Brooker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fionn Whitehead ... Stefan Butler
Craig Parkinson ... Peter Butler
Alice Lowe ... Dr. Haynes
Asim Chaudhry ... Mohan Thakur
Will Poulter ... Colin Ritman
Tallulah Haddon ... Kitty
Catriona Knox Catriona Knox ... Leslie
Paul Bradley Paul Bradley ... Robin
Jonathan Aris ... Crispin
A.J. Houghton ... Young Stefan
Fleur Keith ... Mum
Laura Evelyn ... Pearl Ritman
Alan Asaad ... Satpal
Suzanne Burden Suzanne Burden ... Judith Mulligan
Jeff Minter Jeff Minter ... Jerome F. Davies


1984. Stefan is developing a computer game based on the book 'Bandersnatch', a novel where you get to make choices and this determines the story. He has an opportunity to take his game to Tuckersoft, a software company, and have them release it. However, the more he works on the game the more his life emulates the game, with choices being made that are out of his control. Stefan appears to be going insane. Written by grantss

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Release Date:

28 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Croydon, London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actor portraying Jerome F. Davies is Jeff Minter, who himself is actually a famous 8-bit video game designer and programmer who created several successful games in the 1980s for the ZX Spectrum (among others), which is a computer prominently featured in the movie. See more »


When Stefan plays a Tangerine Dream album on the turntable, the LP had a single track that takes up the whole album side. "Phaedra", which he purchases earlier and is used elsewhere throughout the movie is indeed an album-side long, but track that starts playing is "The Dream Is Always the Same" from the Risky Business soundtrack, which is about four minutes long and one of five tracks on that side. See more »


Dr. Haynes: The past is immutable, Stefan. No matter how painful it is, we can't change things. We can't choose differently with hindsight. We all have to learn to accept that.
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Alternate Versions

There is no single narrative or version. There are five different endings, each with multiple pathways to them. See more »


References Jet Set Willy (1984) See more »


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I think some here are completely missing the point
5 January 2019 | by cjb_smithSee all my reviews

It's very clever and very dark (but then Black Mirror always is). I do agree it's a bit prententious in places. Having now watched all of the 5 endings, and not without some exasperation, and yes repetition, the penny dropped that Bandersnatch is all about choices and the choices you think are under your control. The outcome is pretty bad no matter how you choose because the ultimate destiny is not in your hands. Choices in life are not always good versus bad. It asks more questions than it answers and while that might not be satisfactory to some, that's the whole point.

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