MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 332 this week

WarGames (1983)

 -  Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  3 June 1983 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 62,766 users  
Reviews: 144 user | 76 critic

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 27 Sep 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 12 Oct 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 13 Aug 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "WarGames" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: WarGames (1983)

WarGames (1983) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of WarGames.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

War Games (2011)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Seven friends travel to the countryside to play war in the woods. They stumble upon three paranoid and sadistic ex-soldiers.

Director: Cosimo Alemà
Stars: Stephanie Chapman-Baker, Neil Linpow, Andrew Harwood Mills
Flatliners (1990)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Medical students bring themselves near death; their experiment begins to go awry.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The United State's Department of Homeland Security is led to believe an American teen hacker playing a terrorist-attack simulator game online is a real terrorist out to destroy the U.S.

Director: Stuart Gillard
Stars: Matt Lanter, Amanda Walsh, Colm Feore
Outbreak (1995)
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman
Capricorn One (1977)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret...

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro
Pi (1998)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman
Blade Runner (1982)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
I Am Legend (2007)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan
War Games (1996)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Survivors relate the true story of the P.O.W. Olympics of World War II, an impossible plot hatched by the international inmates of Stalag 13A in German-occupied Poland.

Director: Ken Pisani
Stars: Jack Palance
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

A teenager stumbles upon a top secret military computer program.

Director: Dean Israelite
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Kent Williams ...
...
Joe Dorsey ...
Irving Metzman ...
...
William Bogert ...
...
...
David Clover ...
Stockman
Edit

Storyline

A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The only winning move is not to play. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

War Games  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$79,568,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the beginning sequence, there is a sign next to the door to the missile launch room that reads, "Anyone urinating in this area will be discharged". See more »

Goofs

After David hangs up the modem, disconnecting from the WOPR, his screen is shown with the game countdown continuing. Actually, in the 80's when a remote terminal was being used to connect to another computer, screen updates such as this halted when the call was disconnected, the countdown would have "frozen" on David's screen (continuing only on the WOPR). See more »

Quotes

FBI Agent George Wigan: He does fit the profile perfectly. He's intelligent, but an under-achiever; alienated from his parents; has few friends. Classic case for recruitment by the Soviets.
Lyle Watson: Now what does this say about the state of our country, hmm?
[General Beringer rolls his eyes]
Lyle Watson: I mean have you gotten any insight as to why a, a bright boy like this would jeopardize the lives of millions?
FBI Agent George Wigan: No sir. He says he does this sort of thing for fun.
John McKittrick: What?
Arthur Cabot: Dammit, John, I want some answers and I want them *now*!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Eureka: H.O.U.S.E. Rules (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

History Lesson (Long Line Leading To Man)
Performed by The Beepers
Lyrics by Cynthia Morrow
Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A movie of its time, mandatory viewing for hackers
31 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One important piece of reality in this movie is when David Lightman looks for the computer game company, and stumbles across WOPR, by using a program that automatically calls every number in an area looking for a carrier. Such a program was called, after this movie came out, a "Wargames dialer" or a "Wardialer". And today, as well as old fashioned wardialing, we have wardriving, warstrolling, warchalking... war everything else, because of this movie. And have you heard of the annual hacker convention, held in Las Vegas, called.... Defcon? There are, of course, factual problems with this movie, some of which one just accepts as necessary to the ploy. When David plugs the speech synthesizer into his computer, he explains that the computer isn't really speaking, just interpreting the text that's coming in. We can't have an entire movie just looking at a video screen, so we accept that. But then at the end, Joshua speaks the climactic lines of the movie in the same voice, which makes no sense at all. The way that Joshua could find one character at a time of the password never did wash. And the paper clip method could only make a local call.

The nuclear freeze movement was certainly quite strong in the '80s, more so than many today realize. I hope you understand what "freeze" means, because it's not the same as disarmament. It means: lets just stop throwing money down this black hole by stopping the nuclear arms race where it is. Who cares if they can reduce us fine powder and we can only reduce them to sand. Ronald Reagan outmaneuvered the freeze movement with all that SDI nonsense, which was just another excuse to waste money and extend the arms race into space. With Reagan, it's hard to tell, of course: maybe he really thought it was a "purely defensive" system, that could "make nuclear weapons obsolete". When the Soviet Union finally collapsed, there was talk of a "peace dividend", in which the obscene amount of money previously spent on the arms race could actually help people at home. There ain't too much talk about that now, with the "War on Terror", which is a war about as much as the War on Drugs or the War on Poverty, and just about as successful.


25 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This Would Make a Great Remake rjames1973
10 reasons why David is a prick philtess1982
Who is the lady that counts down at the end? homelandinsider
Hotwiring a pay phone?! Horacetorys
Why doesn't David ask Joshua to cancel the game? elevencats
The launch scene at the beginning realmero
Discuss WarGames (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?