Edit
WarGames (1983) Poster

(1983)

Goofs

Continuity 

When McKittrick is talking to his secretary in the hallway before the goes to a meeting, he takes out his gum and puts it in her right hand. Then after the edit she puts the gum in her own mouth, but from her left hand.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When David is playing Galaga he is firing with his right hand. He stops firing to look at his watch with his right hand, but the sound effects being played are still the firing noises.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David and Jennifer are coming up to David's house for the first time, there is a shot of David's dog, Beau, barking. However, he is just running and his mouth isn't moving.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Jennifer tells David to "Hop on" the moped her lips do not move.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When playing Galaga the second time (when Jennifer asks David to change her grade) the audio of a Galaga sending down its tractor beam is heard, but that is not happening on the screen.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When the Horizon Air aircraft is landing, its clearly a turboprop aircraft. When the engines are reversing as it lands, the engines are of a jet engine.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David begins to play Globalthermonuclear War, you hear the computer voice say the words as they appear on the computer screen, however, when it asks him to list primary targets, the screen also says "by city and/or county" yet the voice cuts out without saying that.
1 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When WOPR reports a Soviet launch detection, Beringer asks McKittrick if this is another simulation. While McKittrick's response is heard, his lips do not move.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Character error 

In the list of Global Thermonuclear War scenarios, the names of some countries are misspelled: Angentina for Argentina, Isreal for Israel, and Palistinian for Palestinian, and Maylasian for Malaysian.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David requests the number for Protovision from the operator, he's given a number with a 555 prefix. He also requests other prefixes for the area and is given four more, but when he sets up his autodialer, he only uses the four additional prefixes and neglects to include the 555 prefix in his scans.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David is asking about the list of games that he printed out earlier, he asks Jim why the list has games such as checkers and backgammon. However when David was printing the list of games, backgammon was not one of the listed games.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David is being held in the examination room, the guard, a Staff Sergeant, continually tries to flirt with the nurse. The nurse is a Second Lieutenant. Relationships are not permitted between officers and enlisted members. Nor would a Staff Sergeant try, to pick-up, make sexual innuendo, flirt or engage in that kind of conversation with a Lieutenant. Career-ender. Works the other way as well.
Near the end of the film, the female corpsman says, "General, DBS is tracking 300 inbound Soviet ICBMs"; that should be DSP, not DBS.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David first selects the Globalthermonuclear War game, the WOPR asks which country he would prefer (1. US or 2. USSR). On the computer display, the number 2 is already selected. The scene then cuts to David, who decides he wants to be the Russians, and looks down at his keyboard and types in his selection. The scene then cuts back to the display, showing the cursor moving as if the number 2 had just been entered. So either A) the pre-selected "2" was a mistake displayed before the selection was made, or B) the pre-selected default "2" was already there and David did not need to enter it again.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Continuity 

As Joshua asks David to choose a country to play, you see a two (representing the Soviet Union) already typed in. When they do a close up of the screen, David is typing in the two that was already there.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David is communicating with WOPR, the words appear on the screen before he types them.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Joshua begins running through the war scenarios, the first one shown was "U. S. First Strike" and "U.S.S.R. First Strike" was next. On the screen showing the scenarios it had run, "U.S.S.R. First Strike" was listed first and "U.S. First Strike" came second.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The code to launch the missiles is "CPE1704TKS" when displayed on the big screen and on most of the launch consoles, but it is shown as "JPE1704TKS" on one console shown in closeup in the sequence where the WOPR is attempting to determine the launch codes itself.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David and Jennifer are on the island trying to find a boat to leave the island, Dr. Falken comes in a helicopter. When they show the ground shots, it is pitch black out, but when they show the helicopter, the sun is either setting or rising in the distance.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
David's Galaga high score changed when the game was "over".
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David is playing Galaga as Jennifer is talking to him. He has three ships left in the lower left of the screen. After his doubled ships are destroyed the game shows the end of the game screen with his proficiency. However he should have had (3) more ships to continue the game.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Before David switches the Galaga game over to Howie in the beginning of the movie, there is an obvious jump in their positions.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Mr. Lightman opens the front door to let Jennifer in, he has a pipe in his mouth. But in the very next shot when they're both inside, Mr. Lightman is holding the pipe in his left hand.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Throughout the Infirmary scenes, the guard's gloves disappear and reappear on his hands, most notably when David asks to use the restroom.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David and Jennifer are running to catch the ferry, they are shown running down the boat launch ramp, rather than the ferry dock. In the next scene, they're on the ferry dock and jumping on board.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David and Jennifer are on the ferry, the sky changes from a late afternoon blue sky, to sunset, then back to blue sky after they get off the ferry.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
A completely different computer monitor model is used in the shot immediately following David's line "Protovision, I have you now!".
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
At the beginning of the movie when the computer is counting down at the silo the computer says the countdown sequence off beat several times, especially in the last 10 seconds.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David first places the phone receiver on the modem he puts it on with the cord to the front; all other times he puts it on with the cord to the back. At all times he activates it by the button on the front.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David is first changing Jennifer's grade on his computer, her fourth class is listed as Geometry, with a D grade. After Jennifer leaves and he changes her grade again, the fourth class is now Home Economics with the D grade.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the first dialog between David and Joshua - when David is typing the line "People sometimes make mistakes." - we see the last word typed correctly. Later we see the whole screen with that same word typed "mistak".
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David is first brought to NORAD, McKittrick asks him who he is going to Paris with. Presumably, they knew about the Paris reservation from the printouts found in the Lightman's trash however, David used Jennifer's name to make the reservation so McKittrick would already know the answer.
1 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David tries some of the numbers his autodialer has found, there are numbers with the 936 prefix listed. His autodialer hadn't dialed any 936-prefix numbers yet as it hadn't even finished dialing all the numbers in the 767 prefix.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Near the beginning when McKittrick is discussing replacing the men in the silos with the WOPR, his hair changes several times from being nice and neat to mussed and disheveled.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When McKittrick is typing in his password to try to get into the computer to stop the missile launch, the computer rejects it by saying "Identification Not Recognized". However, when Professor Falken tries to type in his password, the computer rejects it. Falken then says "They've taken out my password"; but the computer is shown saying "Improper Request."
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David finds the password list for the school computer, the most recent password is listed as "PeNciL" with some letters specifically capitalized. However, when he logs into the system, he uses "pencil" in all lowercase.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the second scene, as the teacher is reviewing the test answers, he reads question number two and question number four. Question number two had just been answered but not confirmed, while Question number three had been omitted or glanced over entirely without any explanation.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Jennifer is already in the classroom before David arrives without her test while the rest of the class already has their test in front of them. This was obviously done deliberately by the director to show the audience she received an F.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Crew or equipment visible 

As the camera passes around the WOPR computer, it stops at a point where you can see a crewman in a red shirt trying to hide out of sight of the camera behind the computer.
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Errors in geography 

When we see David, Jennifer and the Professor running from the entrance to the NORAD tunnel to the blast door it takes them only 27 seconds to travel from the tunnel opening to the blast door. The distance from the tunnel opening to the blast door at NORAD is one mile. The world record for fastest one mile run is 3 minutes; 43 seconds and 13 nanoseconds. There's no way they could have possibly made it from the tunnel entrance to the blast door (one mile; on foot) in 27 seconds.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Juse before the junior crewman "enables" the missiles a list of geographic coordinates (target locations?) appears on the video feed of the missile in the silo. The coordinates are all for locations in the Pacific Ocean. Since targeting data is preselected, this couldn't be the location of Soviet submarines.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Factual errors 

When WOPR is searching for the launch code, it is shown to be able to lock onto each digit individually. In which case, it would only take 360 tries (one for each letter and digit), to definitely find the entire code.
In the beginning of the movie when the missile silo crew arrive at the Security Police post to sign in, there is a USAF Security Police Chief Master Sgt that is behind the desk and has them sign in on the roster sheet on the clipboard. A Chief Master Sgt is the highest enlisted rank in the USAF (8 stripes)and not only would a person of this rank not lower himself to perform a task as petty as to sign in personnel onto their post (a function normally handled by an Airman 1st Class, a 2 striper), but he would not even be at the silo, to begin with. The highest ranking supervisor to be there would be a Staff Sgt (4 stripes)
9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When General Beringer asks for two F-16s to be scrambled out of Galena to visually identify the two presumed Soviet backfire bombers the planes actually scrambled are F-15s, not F-16s.
9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
NORAD is a joint United States/Canada operation, but no Canadian soldiers are ever seen in the command center in the film.
8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
After David is arrested, the next scene is at NORAD where a tour group is being escorted. The escort asks a woman with a camera around her neck to sit in the command chair. A visitor would not be allowed to bring a camera into NORAD.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
After David hangs up the modem, disconnecting from the WOPR, his screen is shown with the game countdown continuing. Actually, in the 80's when a remote terminal was being used to connect to another computer, screen updates such as this halted when the call was disconnected, the countdown would have "frozen" on David's screen (continuing only on the WOPR).
6 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When receiving and sending text from his home computer, the modem RD and SD lights do not flash. On a 300-1200 baud modem, the flashes would be very visible.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
They Call the "43rd" Bomb Wing at Loring AFB near the end of the movie, But the 42 Bomb Wing was stationed at Loring. The 43rd was stationed in Guam.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When it is stated that "22 Typhoon class" submarines are departing. Only 6 Soviet Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines of this class were made. ("Typhoon class" were officially called "Project 941) were ever built. In 1983, the number would've been even fewer, as these six were built over an 8 years period (1981 - 1989). All of the Typhoon Class were based at Zapadnaya Litsa (Nerpichya Base) about 45 miles from the Norwegian border.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When the first phantom bomber incursion occurs, General Beringer orders an intercept with "F-16's from Galena". USAF did not operate F-16s from Alaska during the period in question. The 21st Tactical Fighter Wing only operated F-15As. The following scene correctly shows F-15As scrambling.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of the key plot devices in the movie involved using a computer modem to connect to various computer systems. The type of modem depicted in the movie used an "acoustic coupler", which is a cradle that the phone headset is placed in to allow the modem to send and receive audio over a regular telephone.

This type of modem cannot make phone calls on its own, because when the handset is physically removed from the phone it immediately connects to a dial tone, and the only way to hang up is to physically press the button on the phone base or replace the handset.

The first time the modem is used in the movie you can see how it really works: David picks up the handset, and he manually dials the school's phone number on the phone base, then he places the handset in the acoustic coupler so the modem can connect.

The goof is that war-dialing, which is where David had his computer call long lists of phone numbers one after the other, is not even possible with his modem because the phone cannot be physically hung up between calls to make the next call (you can clearly see the handset on the acoustic coupler when the war dialing is going on, so he's not using some other modem). This is incredibly ironic, because the term "war dialing" came from this movie, but it was not even possible as depicted in this movie.

Further evidence that each call must be made or answered manually with this type of modem is when WOPR calls David back, and he has to manually answer the phone and place the handset on the acoustic coupler to connect.
3 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the opening sequence with the missile crew undergoing the launch exercise, there are two crew members in the launch control center and the deputy missile combat crew is arming 10 missiles. In the cutaways to the missile, Titan II missiles are shown.

This is incorrect for Titan II deployments. Only Minuteman missile units had a two-man crew in command of a flight of 10 missiles and the movie actual shows a Minuteman launch control center. Titan II crews were only in command of one missile with an attached launch control center and the Titan II crews consisted of 4 men in a control center layout that is completely different than the one shown.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The movie is set in the early 1980's. The OS used in the NORAD network would have been UNIX. No version of UNIX would allow a user to login with out a user name and a password. The use of the word Joshua for login purposes is a plot device used to give the WOPR an form of empathy towards Prof. Falken.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The character "Jim" suggests that when ever he designs a system he puts in a backdoor (or a password only) no one else would know about. While this tech jargon is related to setting up a LAN for a business application, Prof. Falken would not have been functioning as a network administrator nor could he have changed the code of the OS or added a user account with out an admin knowing.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Prof. Falken's fake death is in 1973, a full 10 years before this movie is set to take place. The WOPR would not have existed in 1973 when Prof Falken existed. Any work he did before 1973 would have been seriously outdated by 1983 due to the "Moore's Law" which states computer technology doubles every two years. This would mean that computers in 1983 were 10 times more powerful than in 1973.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Matthew Broderick's (David) character prints a list of the games the first game is "FALKEN'S MAZE" Later when David is trying to hack in he types the words "Falkens-Maze" instead which is not what was on the list.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When the 2 air force officers are going through the launch sequence at the start of the film we see the silo door open above the Titan II missile. The door in the film is in 2 sections and divides in the middle whereas in the real world both the Titan II and Minuteman missile systems the door is in one piece and simply rolls away in one large section.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of the first targets to be hit by Russia in the simulation is at Grand Forks, North Dakota. In reality, this would have been one of the last targets of the initial attack. The strategy of having most of our missile silos in the middle of the country is that they would be the last targets to be hit by incoming missiles. In a full-scale strike, the coastal cities would have been the first to be hit (by submarines).
0 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Miscellaneous 

David uses the computer text-to-voice synthesizer on his computer as a gimmick to impress Jennifer by making his computer "talk" and is an entertaining plot device, yet this feature is not a required function and would not likely be used on official government computers, especially in the early 80's when sound cards were not common. Yet, the text-to-voice feature/gimmick appears on several of the government computers such as the terminal David uses in McKittrick's office and on the main NORAD screens.
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Despite the DVD commentary and popular belief, Defense Conditions (DEFCONs) actually do go from 5 to 1 as the situation worsens. DEFCON 1 represents imminent or ongoing attack on the US by a foreign power, while DEFCON 5 represents normal peacetime operations.
9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
As the WOPR is obtaining the launch codes, the missiles are shown to have the engines spinning up with the sound of a turbine engine. In the case of a Titan missile, this could be correct, because a Titan has two fuel components: Hydrazine and Nitrogen Tetroxide, which are pumped together by a turbine pump that is in fact powered by small amounts of these propellants. When the turbo-pump is on, it forces large amounts of the fuels together which spontaneously burn. When the pump stops, so does the engine.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Plot holes 

When David was asked why he had called back, he states that Joshua called him. They should be able to see via the trace that the call had indeed originated from Joshua.
6 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David makes the reservation for Paris, he does so using Jennifer's name. Later, McKittrick asks who he is going to Paris with, but if he had found the reservation, he would have already known about Jennifer as well.
6 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
WOPR is supposed to be a War Operation Plan Response computer which runs simulations constantly to predict end results of various scenarios for wars. A system like that would not be all that powerful to run simulations constantly and also control any aspect of NORAD, nor would it actually be at NORAD. It would more likely be at a college or the Pentagon running simulations.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Revealing mistakes 

When an Air Force woman is walking around Joshua and is apparently working on checklist, there is no paper on the clipboard as you can see the reflection from the clipboard.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
While David is in Mr. McKittrick's office, he accesses a computer. This computer "talks" to him without the aid of a device that interprets signals from the computer and turns them into sound.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When David is typing in the passwords and fails, the log on screen spells out "Indentification failed" not Identification.
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Joshua begins searching for the launch codes on the big screen at NORAD, Falken approaches the screen alone and sees the countdown has already started. But, when David and Jennifer join up with Falken at the screen, the countdown numbers are not reflected on the three of them. Halfway through the scene, the numbers on the giant screen reflect on them showing that the countdown started twice.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Professor Falken is flying the remote controlled pterodactyl, he lands it is some relatively tall (about knee high) grass. When he walks over to retrieve it, the grass the pterodactyl is sitting on is very thin and low-cut.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Just after Lightman initiated the tic-tac-toe game with zero players (computer versus computer), the main WOPR computer technician Richter is seen at the WOPR-computer checking out the readout. A second later he is heard in the war-room, next to Lightman, saying: "It must be caught in a loop. Its drawing more and more power from the rest of the system". Yet Richter was present in the war-room just a fraction of a second before the scene switched to WOPR and his appearance there.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
At the end of the movie, the camera angle shows Falken's face as you hear him type two words: "Hello Joshua." But when we see the giant screen above the floor at NORAD, only the word "Hello" appears.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Factual errors 

At the very end of the movie the Soviets are on high alert, the general would have never set the DEFCON to 5.
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
During the final sequence when Joshua/WOPR is trying the figure out the launch code, the sequence is shown in real time. When the statement is made "1 minute to impact", it is approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds later when impact finally occurs.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When David is being arrested by the FBI, he is brought to NORAD. While NORAD is a military installation and not affiliated with the FBI, given that he is immediately brought to McKittrick and the others, clearly McKittrick asked to meet in person the teenager who'd hacked into NORAD.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Revealing mistakes 

When the facility is being locked down and the door closes after David, Jennifer, and Falken rushed inside, the next segment shows the locking bolts being engaged their sockets, locking the door. There are four distinct sets of bolts shown (moving up, down, left, and right), presumably securing all four sides of the door. Four distinct 'clangs' are heard as the bolts bottom out in their sockets. However in the wide shots, the door only has two independent sets of bolts - one on the left and one on the right, none on the top or bottom.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page