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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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Storyline

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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Is it a game, or is it real? 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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$79,568,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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One version of the script had an early version of WOPR named "Uncle Ollie", or OLI (Omnipresent Laser Interceptor), a space-based defensive laser run by an intelligent program, but this idea was discarded because it was too speculative See more »

Goofs

When David is typing in the passwords and fails, the log on screen spells out "Indentification failed" not Identification. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Lightman: Have you ever heard of the word "tumulus?"
Jennifer: Tumulous? No, I haven't. Sorry.
Mr. Lightman: Neither have I.
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Spin-off Wargames (1998) See more »

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War Games
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Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash (as Crosby, Stills & Nash)
[Promotional song used in theatrical trailer and MTV video]
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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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