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TRON (1982)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  9 July 1982 (USA)
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A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Stephano ...
Peter / Sark's Lieutenant
Craig Chudy ...
Warrior #1
Vince Deadrick Jr. ...
Warrior #2 (as Vince Deadrick)
Sam Schatz ...
Expert Disc Warrior
Jackson Bostwick ...
Head Guard
David S. Cass Sr. ...
Factory Guard (as Dave Cass)
Guard #1
Bob Neill ...
Guard #2


Hacker/arcade owner Kevin Flynn is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate known as Master Control and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the ultimate blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron to outmaneuver the Master Control Program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Trapped inside an electronic arena, where love, and escape, do not compute! See more »


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Release Date:

9 July 1982 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)


$33,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Gort, Klaatu barada nikto" is seen written on the wall of Alan's cubicle. This is a phrase from 1951's sci-fi movie _The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)_ and was used to prevent disaster and also in evil dead this phrase was read from the book of the dead to bring about the evil See more »


Around the 23 to 24 minute mark, in close-up shots of Dillinger behind his desk, what appears to be the top of a crew member's head is visible in the lower right corner of the screen. See more »


[first lines]
Boy in Video Game Arcade: All right, give me room. Here we go.
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Crazy Credits

Certain versions of the European/American re-release have the explanatory title cards establishing the viewer into the world of the Programs and Users. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


1990s Theme
Written and Performed by Journey
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Dated.....But Still One Of Those One-Of-A-Kind Movies You Should Check Out
2 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this came out, about 25 years ago, the special-effects were eye-popping. I was stunned and saw this twice at the theater, something I rarely did. Nowadays, it looks primitive. It's like when video games first came out, compared to what they are now.

However, a few years ago when the DVD came out with the widescreen and 5.1surround sound, it made it somewhat-respectable again in parts and made it still fun to watch.

The story was never that great. There was too much technical talk and the characters were the kind you really couldn't get involved over.

It's nothing super, but if you've never seen it, I still recommend it. I don't recall any other movie quite like it.

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