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A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kevin Flynn / Clu
... Alan Bradley / Tron
... Ed Dillinger / Sark / Master Control Program
... Lora / Yori
... Dr. Walter Gibbs / Dumont
... Ram / Popcorn Co-Worker
... Crom
Stuart Thomas ... Peter / Sark's Lieutenant (as Tony Stephano)
Craig Chudy ... Warrior #1
Vince Deadrick Jr. ... Warrior #2 (as Vince Deadrick)
Sam Schatz ... Expert Disc Warrior
... Head Guard
David S. Cass Sr. ... Factory Guard (as Dave Cass)
... Guard #1
Bob Neill ... Guard #2
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Storyline

Hacker/arcade owner Kevin Flynn is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate known as Master Control and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the ultimate blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron to outmaneuver the Master Control Program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Step inside the computer world. TRON! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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9 July 1982 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,761,795, 11 July 1982

Gross USA:

$33,000,000
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The MCP forces programs and video warriors to fight each other to the death as gladiators in video games. Written as an obvious nod to the Gladiators of ancient Rome, Gladiators (Slave Warriors) fought each other to the death in the arena for the amusement of the citizens of Rome. See more »

Goofs

When Flynn runs through the computer halls shortly before he gets scanned in the computer, you see a crew member sitting behind a Cray 1 supercomputer and several others reflected in the glass on the same Cray 1. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boy in Video Game Arcade: All right, give me room. Here we go.
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Crazy Credits

A section of the end credits is in Taiwanese. See more »

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Only Solutions
Written and Performed by Journey
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Tron works
1 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

For the average viewer, 'Tron' is a puzzling film. The language is loaded with jargon, the world experienced by Clu and Tron (inside the computer) appears strange, forbidding and two-dimensional. It is a world that seems to work though, but how does the human Clu instantly know how to adjust to its peculiarities?

Viewers have come to expect that techno-babble jargon in SciFi flicks is completely meaningless. That isn't entirely the case for 'Tron', much of it is firmly based in computing. Even more importantly, this strange world Clu and Tron inhabit is equally firmly based on the way computer operating systems work, and that is the reason why Clu (in real live a computer hacker) knows how to handle it.

Using this world as the basis for a movie was pretty audacious, especially in 1982. Thankfully, the writers did not compromise on their idea, and consequently the film not only worked but it stood the test of time.

'Tron' works, because computers work.


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