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
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Radar Analyst Kirkland:
Inbounds presently MIRV-ing. We now have approximately twenty-four possible targets in track.
Colonel Joe Conley:
Sir, new time to impact: eight minutes.
[hands Beringer a telephone]
Sir, SAC is launching the bombers. General Powers is on the line.
[into the telephone]
Goddamn it! We didn't get a launch detection from our satellite!
No, no. Radar picked 'em up already out of the atmosphere. That's the first we heard of it.
[Beringer gives phone back to his aide, Major Dawes]
[to Colonel Conley]
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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...
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