A young computer whizz 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
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Since 2006, the NORAD Alternate Command Center in Cheyenne Mountain has operated in a reduced "warm standby" mode. Day-to-day operations have been consolidated in the main Peterson Air Force Base NORAD Command Center. See more »
When Joshua begins searching for the launch codes on the big screen at NORAD, Falken approaches the screen alone and sees the countdown has already started. But, when David and Jennifer join up with Falken at the screen, the countdown numbers are not reflected on the three of them. Halfway through the scene, the numbers on the giant screen reflect on them showing that the countdown started twice. See more »
[after playing out all possible outcomes for Global Thermonuclear War]
Greetings, Professor Falken.
A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?
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Interesting, original idea that delivers for the most part...
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. Matthew Broderick is the teenager computer nerd who hacks into a military database through a "back door" and starts to unintentionally play games--which are, quite surprisingly, not games after all. He's really controlling the military! With WWIII nearing, the movie takes some twists and turns and it's all good fun.
Broderick is well-cast and this is probably one of the roles, along with Ferris Bueller, that stereotyped him as a continual teenager--which makes it hard for him to get adult roles nowadays. (He's in the upcoming remake of "The Producers"--yay!)
Ally Sheedy and Dabney Coleman both have supporting roles.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and rate it a solid "4" of five stars.
Trivia note: Sheedy and Broderick both appeared in separate movies by John Hughes: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Breakfast Club."
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