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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Lasker (written by) &
Walter F. Parkes (written by)
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Release Date:
3 June 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The only winning move is not to play. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A movie of its time, mandatory viewing for hackers See more (144 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew Broderick ... David

Dabney Coleman ... McKittrick

John Wood ... Falken

Ally Sheedy ... Jennifer

Barry Corbin ... General Beringer

Juanin Clay ... Pat Healy
Kent Williams ... Cabot

Dennis Lipscomb ... Watson
Joe Dorsey ... Conley
Irving Metzman ... Richter

Michael Ensign ... Beringer's Aide
William Bogert ... Mr. Lightman

Susan Davis ... Mrs. Lightman

James Tolkan ... Wigan
David Clover ... Stockman

Drew Snyder ... Ayers
John Garber ... Corporal in the Infirmary
Duncan Wilmore ... Major Lem
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Radar Analyst

John Spencer ... Jerry

Michael Madsen ... Steve
Erik Stern ... Commander
Gary Bisig ... Deputy
Gary Sexton ... Technician
Jason Bernard ... Captain Knewt
Frankie Hill ... Airman Fields

Jesse D. Goins ... Sergeant (as Jesse Goins)

Alan Blumenfeld ... Mr. Liggett

Len Lawson ... Boys Vice Principal

Maury Chaykin ... Jim Sting

Eddie Deezen ... Malvin

Stephen Lee ... Sgt. Schneider
Lucinda Crosby ... Nurse in Infirmary
Stack Pierce ... Airman

Art LaFleur ... Guard
Brad David ... Flight Pilot Leader (as Brad David Berwick)
Martha Shaw ... Vice Principal's Secretary
Howie Allen ... Boy in Arcade

Michael Adams ... Travis

James Ackerman ... Joshua
Jim Harriott ... Newscaster
Tom Lawrence ... Sgt. Sims
Frances E. Nealy ... Visitor (as Frances Nealy)
Charles Akins ... Major Ford
Glenn Standifer ... Major Wenstin
Edward Jahnke ... NORAD Officer
Paul V. Picerni Jr. ... Technician
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Tory Christopher ... Arcade Kid (uncredited)

William H. Macy ... NORAD Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Badham 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Lasker (written by) &
Walter F. Parkes (written by)

Walon Green  uncredited

Produced by
Leonard Goldberg .... executive producer
Richard Hashimoto .... associate producer
Harold Schneider .... producer
Bruce McNall .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein 
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
 
Production Design by
Angelo P. Graham 
 
Art Direction by
James J. Murakami 
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Barry Francis Delaney (costumes: men) (as Barry F. Delaney)
 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist (as Perry Michael Germain)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Brenda Todd .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Richard Hashimoto .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director
Robert J. Doherty .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Gregg H. Bilson .... property master
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator
John M. Schenk .... assistant property master
Chris Courtois .... model maker (uncredited)
Kevin Shanks .... tile/floor covering (uncredited)
Daniel Turk .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound effects editor
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... supervising sound effects editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Harris .... voice processing (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mick Baran .... special electronic effects crew
Bill Cobb .... special electronic effects crew
Robert Cole .... special electronic effects foreman
Joe Digaetano .... special effects
Richard Hoffenberg .... special electronic effects crew
Bruce Knechtges .... special electronic effects crew
Robin Dean Leyden .... special electronic effects crew
Robin Reilly .... special electronic effects crew
Mark Stivers .... special electronic effects crew
Robert Wilcox .... special electronic effects crew (as Robert G. Wilcox Jr.)
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
R.J. Hohman .... special effects wireman (uncredited)
Donald Pennington .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Colin Cantwell .... computer graphics design consultant
Jack Cooperman .... miniature photography
Marcia Dripchak .... computer graphics unit
Michael L. Fink .... visual effects supervisor
Linda Fleisher .... visual effects consultant
Steve Grumette .... computer video consultant
Don Hansard .... process coordinator
David R. Hardberger .... computer graphics unit (as David Hardberger)
Judith Herman .... computer graphics unit
Geoffrey Kirkland .... visual consultant
Sylvia Lovegren .... computer graphics unit
Jonathan Seay .... computer graphics unit
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera: miniature unit (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marguerite Happy .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
Michael Adams .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Matthew Broderick (uncredited)
Marguerite Happy .... stunt double: Ally Sheedy (uncredited)
Al Jones .... stunt double: John Wood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Anderberg .... grip
Gerald H. Boatright .... assistant chief lighting technician
David E. Diano .... assistant camera
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
To Lee .... camera assistant trainee
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Doug Pentek .... chief lighting technician
Richard Turner .... assistant camera
Richard Walden .... additional camera operator
Steve Yaconelli .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Pat Orseth .... location casting: Seattle
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Matthews .... costumer: women
Ray Summers .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ray Martin .... color timer
Liz Randol .... assistant film editor (as Liza Randol)
Michael Ripps .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Mark Hoder .... orchestrator
Joe Tuley .... music editor
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli .... song producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Randy Musselman .... driver captain
 
Other crew
Joy Anzarouth .... production coordinator
Robert C. Decker .... location manager (as Robert Decker)
Robert Eggenweiler .... location manager
Lyla Foggia .... unit publicist
John Garber .... dialogue coach
Dana Satler Hankins .... assistant: Mr. Badham (as Dana Satler)
Richard Keefe .... process librarian
Harold Michelson .... continuity consultant
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor
Derry J. Pearce .... production auditor
Bill Watson .... pterosaur consultant
Duncan Wilmore .... technical advisor
Mike Berro .... computer programmer (uncredited)
Lynn Hendee .... production executive (uncredited)
Alexander Kanellakos .... prop runner (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
Lynn Dee Schwarz .... location scout (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"War Games" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Trivia:
This is an non-exhaustive list of the possible war scenarios run by Joshua in Global Thermonuclear War: U.S. First Strike, USSR First Strike, NATO/Warsaw Pact, Far East Strategy, US USSR Escalation, Middle East War, USSR China Attack, India Pakistan War, Mediterranean War, HongKong Variant, SEATO Decapitating, Cuban Provocation, Atlantic Heavy, Cuban Paramilitary, Nicaraguan Preemptive, Pacific Territorial, Burmese Theaterwide, Turkish Decoy, Angentina Escalation (possible misspelling of "Argentina Escalation"), Iceland Maximum, Arabian Theaterwide, U.S. Subversion, Australian Maneuver, Sudan Surprise, NATO Territorial, Zaire Alliance, Iceland Incident, English Escalation, Middle East Heavy, Mexican Takeover, Chad Alert (repeated twice), Saudi Maneuver, African Territorial, Ethiopian Escalation, Turkish Heavy, NATO Incursion, U.S. Defense, Cambodian Heavy, Pact Medium, Arctic Minimal, Mexican Domestic, Taiwan Theaterwide, Pacific Maneuver, Portugal Revolution, Albanian Decoy, Palistinian Local (possible misspelling of "Palestinian Local"), Moroccan Minimal, Czech Option, French Alliance, Arabian Clandestine, Gabon Rebellion, Northern Maximum, SEATO Takeover, Hawaiian Escalation, Iranian Maneuver, NATO Containment, Swiss Incident, Cuban Minimal, Iceland Escalation, Vietnamese Retaliatio (possible truncated name for "Vietnamese Retaliation"), Syrian Provocation, Libyan Local, Gabon Takeover, Romanian War, Middle East Offensive, Denmark Massive, Chile Confrontation, S.African Subversion, USSR Alert, Nicaraguan Thrust, Greenland Domestic, Iceland Heavy, Kenya Option, Pacific Defense, Uganda Maximum, Thai Subversion, Romanian Strike, Pakistan Sovereignty, Afghan Misdirection, Thai Variation, Northern Territorial, Polish Paramilitary, S.African Offensive, Panama Misdirection, Scandinavian Domestic, Jordan Preemptive, English Trust, Burmese Maneuver, Spain Counter, Arabian Offensive, Chad Interdiction, Taiwan Misdirection, Bangladesh Theaterwid (possible truncated name for "Bangladesh Theaterwide"), Ethiopian Local, Italian Takeover, Vietnamese Incident, English Preemptive, Denmark Alternate, Thai Confrontation, Taiwan Surprise, Brazilian Strike, Venezuela Sudden, Maylasian Alert (possible misspelling of "Malaysian Alert"), Isreal Discretionary (possible misspelling of "Israel Discretionary"), Libyan Action, Palistinian Tactical (possible misspelling of "Palestinian Tactical"), NATO Alternate, Cypress Maneuver, Egypt Misdirection, Bangladesh Thrust, Kenya Defense, Bangladesh Containmen (possible truncated name for "Bangladesh Containment"), Vietnamese Strike, Albanian Containment, Gabon Surprise, Iraq Sovereignty, Vietnamese Sudden, Lebanon Interdiction, Taiwan Domestic, Algerian Sovereignty, Arabian Strike, Atlantic Sudden, Mongolian Thrust, Polish Decoy, Alaskan Discretionary, Canadian Thrust, Arabian Light, S.African Domestic, Tunisian Incident, Maylasian Maneuver (possible misspelling of "Malaysian Maneuver"), Jamaica Decoy, Maylasian Minimal (possible misspelling of "Malaysian Minimal"), Russian Sovereignty, Chad Option, Bangladesh War, Burmese Containment, Asian Theaterwide, Bulgarian Clandestine, Greenland Incursion, Egypt Surgical, Czech Heavy, Taiwan Confrontation, Greenland Maximum, Uganda Offensive and Caspian Defense.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the 1980s it was not permitted for any Department of Defense computer with classified information on it to be connected to external communication equipment. It would therefore be impossible to dial in as shown. However, during a scene, the military technician exclaims that the phone company "screwed them", implying an external contractor allowed the connection against request and policy.See more »
Quotes:
Stephen Falken:What you see on these screens up here is a fantasy; a computer enhanced hallucination!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Video FeverSee more »

FAQ

How did David manage to connect with such a secure defense system computer like "Joshua", aka the WOPR?
What's the video game that David is playing at the arcade when he's late for school?
Why was David letting his computer dial so many random numbers in the Sunnyvale area?
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25 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A movie of its time, mandatory viewing for hackers, 31 January 2008
Author: pvollan from United States

One important piece of reality in this movie is when David Lightman looks for the computer game company, and stumbles across WOPR, by using a program that automatically calls every number in an area looking for a carrier. Such a program was called, after this movie came out, a "Wargames dialer" or a "Wardialer". And today, as well as old fashioned wardialing, we have wardriving, warstrolling, warchalking... war everything else, because of this movie. And have you heard of the annual hacker convention, held in Las Vegas, called.... Defcon? There are, of course, factual problems with this movie, some of which one just accepts as necessary to the ploy. When David plugs the speech synthesizer into his computer, he explains that the computer isn't really speaking, just interpreting the text that's coming in. We can't have an entire movie just looking at a video screen, so we accept that. But then at the end, Joshua speaks the climactic lines of the movie in the same voice, which makes no sense at all. The way that Joshua could find one character at a time of the password never did wash. And the paper clip method could only make a local call.

The nuclear freeze movement was certainly quite strong in the '80s, more so than many today realize. I hope you understand what "freeze" means, because it's not the same as disarmament. It means: lets just stop throwing money down this black hole by stopping the nuclear arms race where it is. Who cares if they can reduce us fine powder and we can only reduce them to sand. Ronald Reagan outmaneuvered the freeze movement with all that SDI nonsense, which was just another excuse to waste money and extend the arms race into space. With Reagan, it's hard to tell, of course: maybe he really thought it was a "purely defensive" system, that could "make nuclear weapons obsolete". When the Soviet Union finally collapsed, there was talk of a "peace dividend", in which the obscene amount of money previously spent on the arms race could actually help people at home. There ain't too much talk about that now, with the "War on Terror", which is a war about as much as the War on Drugs or the War on Poverty, and just about as successful.

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