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WarGames (1983)

PG | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 3 June 1983 (USA)
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.

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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>

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Wouldn't YOU rather play chess? See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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3 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Genius  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,227,804, 5 June 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,568,000
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1.85 : 1
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In General Beringer's "You're full of shit" scene, he takes an object from a red and white package and places it in his mouth. This is Red Man chewing tobacco. See more »

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When the 2 air force officers are going through the launch sequence at the start of the film we see the silo door open above the Titan II missile. The door in the film is in 2 sections and divides in the middle whereas in the real world both the Titan II and Minuteman missile systems the door is in one piece and simply rolls away in one large section. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
General Beringer: Col. Conley, take us to Defcon 5.
Colonel Joe Conley: Yes, sir!
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Edge Of The World
Performed by Yvonne Elliman
Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Lyrics by Cynthia Morrow
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An Old Favorite For Many
18 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was an old favorite for many younger baby-boomers, who were teenagers and in their twenties at the dawn of the personal computer age.

This one was a bit more than amusing, though. It opened many eyes to both the potential and the dangers we faced while coming into the computer age. The government had these marvelous machines and the internet by which they communicated for decades before the public was given access from these ancient Commodore 64's, Amigas, and Atari home computers via phone line, back in the late 1970's.

While this work is entertaining, it also bears a valid warning, even today.

Broderick and Ally Sheedy both were 21, playing 17 year olds, competently.

It rates a 7.6/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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