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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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3 June 1983 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$79,568,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The tunnel and exterior used for the entrance into NORAD is the same tunnel used to enter and exit Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), as well as in the climax of Back to the Future Part II (1989). The tunnel is located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. See more »

Goofs

McKitrick (Dabney Coleman) says to David (Matthew Broderick) "Computers don't call people. Even back then, in the days before caller ID and IP addresses, a computer (B)ulletin (B)oard (S)ystem (BBS) would have you enter your phone number, then you hang up and set your modem to answer mode and the BBS would call you to make sure it was a valid number. See more »

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Radar Analyst Kirkland: BMEWS has continuous radar tracking on inbounds. Confidence is high. I repeat, confidence *is* high.
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Connections

Features Galaga (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Edge Of The World
Performed by Yvonne Elliman
Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Lyrics by Cynthia Morrow
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How about a nice game of Chess?
16 April 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"War Games" is for the eighties, what "Colossis: The Forbin Project" was for the seventies, and "Fail Safe" in the sixties. A glitch in a computer security system allows a brilliant but erratic high school student to accidentally cause the military's war computer to begin a game which the military sees as real. Because of human errors in previous game scenarios, the human element was removed from the system and the computer given complete control. The mistakes begin to compound from there as the FBI decide that 16 year old David Lightman is a soviet agent. Meanwhile the command at NORAD is preparing for an inbound soviet missile attack that could come at any moment.

Matthew Broderickis excellent in an all star cast including Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, Barry Corbin and John Woods with direction by John Badham. An excellent film all round.


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