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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:
Wanna play Global Thermonuclear War ? See more (143 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 ... Nigan
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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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The phone number that David used to call the NORAD W.O.P.R. computer was 399-2364.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The scene in which one of the radar analysts is asked to report activity showing Soviet submarine deployment, he says, "22 Typhoon-class submarines departing Petropavlovsk, turning south bound at Nordkapp." However, the screen displays submarines around a map of the Kola Peninsula in European Russia. Petropavlovsk is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Asian Russia. The location shown on the map is accurate, however, as all of the Typhoons were based at Nerpichya Base which is located on the Kola Peninsula.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Lightman:This corn is raw!
Mrs. Lightman:I know, isn't it wonderful? It's so crisp!
Mr. Lightman:Of course it's crisp! It's raw!
Mrs. Lightman:No, it's terrific. You can just taste the Vitamin A and E in here. It's great.
Mr. Lightman:Could we have pills and cook the corn?
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Movie Connections:
Features Jungle Hunt (1982) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
War GamesSee 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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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Wanna play Global Thermonuclear War ?, 4 March 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

It was with much interest to me to revisit this early 80s hacker piece armed with the knowledge of just how the advent of change in the computer world had evolved. With that in mind the film could quite easily be classed as a bit clunky due to the now almost Neanderthal toys, games and computers used in the movie, but casting aside the nostalgia feelings I had with it, it still hits the spot as both a poignant piece of interest, and a dam good thriller as well.

Matthew Broderick is David Lightman, a young computer gamer geek who is something of a whizz kid on the PC. He can change his school grades and hack into various sites he shouldn't be even looking at. During one eventful sitting he hacks into a computer called Joshua and plays a game called Global Thermonuclear War, he harmlessly chooses to be The Soviet Union and proceeds to launch a nuclear attack on his own country, the U.S.A. Trouble is is that the game is for real and the wheels are in motion for World War III!.

It helps to remember the time this film was made {for those old enough of course}, for it was the time of the ever worrying cloud of the Cold War, a time when nuclear war was more than a hearsay threat. I really think that in this day and age where computers literally do run our lives, this film stands up really well not only as a warning piece about messing with technology, but also as a gentle poke in the ribs about defence systems and the people we trust to run them. Tho the film is a kind of watered down and accessible 2001: A Space Odyssey for the 80s set, it impacts well and only really suffers from a pointless romantic plot strand involving the sprightly Ally Sheedy (could they not just have been pals?) and the aforementioned dated gadgets. The ending to the film is excellent as the tension builds up nicely and we are left chewing our nails watching a game of Tic-Tac-Toe, sounds simple doesn't it? Not so.

Good honest and intelligent entertainment. 7.5/10.

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