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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The video arcade where David is playing in the early parts of the movie was located on the southwest corner of Ventura Boulevard and Quakertown Avenue, in Woodland Hills, California. That building is now a Chase Bank branch, and the "Ryons" restaurant visible through the arcade building doors was later renamed to "Lyons", and is (as of this writing in 2016) an automobile repair shop. The school right next door to the arcade was "Taft High School", and that arcade was indeed packed pretty much every day with high school students back when the movie was filmed. See more »
Near the beginning when McKittrick is discussing replacing the men in the silos with the WOPR, his hair changes several times from being nice and neat to mussed and disheveled. See more »
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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