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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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"Global Thermonuclear War." You may think it's one hell of a game. You couldn't be more right. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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3 June 1983 (USA)  »

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The Genius  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$79,568,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where David first makes contact with the WOPR, in response to the question about what happened to Professor Falken's account, David types his response, "People sometimes make mistak" A cheap joke, but entertaining. See more »

Goofs

When the relief crew arrives at the silo it appears they are in a snowstorm, as they are wearing heavy winter parkas. In the opening NORAD scene the guards are all in shirts - no jackets. This is unsurprising; US missiles are in many states, including North Dakota, where the winter scene likely took place. See more »

Quotes

McKittrick: It might help to beef up security around the W.O.P.R.
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Connections

Referenced in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

History Lesson (Long Line Leading To Man)
Performed by Arthur B. Rubinstein, Cynthia Morrow, Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli (as The Beepers)
Lyrics by Cynthia Morrow
Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Produced by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
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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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