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WarGames -- A young computer whiz kid hacks into a government supercomputer and starts a game called "global thermonuclear war"...but the game is real. It's then a race against time to convince the computer that "the only way to win is not to play."


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Lawrence Lasker (written by) &
Walter F. Parkes (written by)
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Release Date:
3 June 1983 (USA) See more »
The only winning move is not to play. See more »
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 »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tory Christopher ... Arcade Kid (uncredited)

William H. Macy ... NORAD Officer (uncredited)

Ed McDermott II ... Scientist (uncredited)

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)
Anthony Marinelli .... special sound effects (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)
Tom Elliott .... 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 .... performer: additional arrangements (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"War Games" - Japan (English title)
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114 min
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?

Barry Corbin ad-libbed most of his lines.See more »
Continuity: After the Soviet ICBM salvo is underway, a Soviet sub-launch detection is reported. The camera shows the screen, on which 14 subs (7 in the Pacific, 7 in the Atlantic) had launched their SLBMs simultaneously. In the scene before the impact of the Soviet warheads, however, the screen shows only 7 SLBM launches (5 in the Pacific, 2 in the Atlantic), and based on their distances from the target, they were launched at different times.See more »
David Lightman:This is unreal! You don't care about death 'cause you're already dead! I know a lot about you. I know you weren't always like this. What was the last thing you cared about?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Saints Row IV (2013) (VG)See more »
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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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41 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Nuggets of Truth, 9 July 2003
Author: Angry_Arguer from Shermer, Illinois

WarGames remains the definitive "hacker" movie, surpassing the raunch of Swordfish and the idio-parody of AntiTrust. Historically-speaking, there are two movies that have shaped public opinion about computers: 2001 and WarGames. With 2001, there is the question of "What happens when an automated computer system makes decisions on its own?" In today's world of automatic Windows updates and random error messages for no reason, it seems very prophetic. WarGames poses the question of "Who uses the computer and what do they do?" The consequences, as one can easily guess, are enormous. Even when hardware ages, the ethics remain.

WarGames isn't perfect. There are plenty of logic problems in the script, but it still presents its topic with a naive fascination. What the writers don't know, they pretend they do. Matthew Broederick is, once again, the nerdy teen with social problems (Ferris Bueller had a different problem, though). Aside from Glory, he won't be able to shake that image even now in his 40s.

I saw this movie when I was eight and had to admit that if someone didn't understand the 80s "Red paranoia", then the whole movie was a misfire. I will admit, it fascinated me with computers and military hardware, changing my life forever in a subtle fashion.

Overall, an interesting movie that becomes more real every year. In today's world of identity theft, cyber-terrorism, MicroSoft, and broadband, some elements are undoubtedly lost on someone who can't remember or understand the Cold War. 3.5 out of 5 stars

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