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TRON (1982)

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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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Steven Lisberger

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Steven Lisberger (screenplay), Steven Lisberger (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Kevin Flynn / Clu
Bruce Boxleitner ... Alan Bradley / Tron
David Warner ... Ed Dillinger / Sark / Master Control Program
Cindy Morgan ... Lora / Yori
Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Walter Gibbs / Dumont
Dan Shor ... Ram / Popcorn Co-Worker
Peter Jurasik ... Crom
Stuart Thomas Stuart Thomas ... Peter / Sark's Lieutenant (as Tony Stephano)
Craig Chudy Craig Chudy ... Warrior #1
Vince Deadrick Jr. Vince Deadrick Jr. ... Warrior #2 (as Vince Deadrick)
Sam Schatz Sam Schatz ... Expert Disc Warrior
Jackson Bostwick ... Head Guard
David S. Cass Sr. David S. Cass Sr. ... Factory Guard (as Dave Cass)
Gerald Berns ... Guard #1
Bob Neill 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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In the future video game battles will be a matter of life or death. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

TRON See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The British rock group Supertramp was to contribute to the movie's soundtrack but was unable to due to previous obligations. See more »

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In Flynn's Arcade, a couple of kids are "playing" pinball machines that aren't switched on (visible at the top left of the screen in the overhead shots). See more »

Quotes

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

Certain versions of the European/American re-release have the explanatory title cards establishing the viewer into the world of the Programs and Users. See more »

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Soundtracks

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Sadly Overrated
2 April 2010 | by Rodrigo AmaroSee all my reviews

The idea of a hacker transported into a computer having to destroy an evil program was brilliant. But something was missing in "TRON". A more developed story, substantial dialogs and, yes, a director capable to do his job in a better way than Steven Lisberger, master and commander of this sadly overrated movie. How in the world Disney green lighted such a good project in the hands of an amateur?

I'm dazzled with the positive reviews of the many viewers of this wrecked project quoting that this was an underrated film when the time of its release. Sorry, that's not just the case. The story wasn't that appealing as "Matrix" was. The real life sequences were far more interesting than the whole visual effects side, that got overlong, boring, and nowadays dated. I was trying not to sleep in many parts of that long race between the characters (something like a car chase scene but instead of cars running chips and programs chasing each other). Jeff Bridges holds this movie very well and David Warner plays the usual villain as he almost always does. But, if you want to see these two actors in a good movie go rent "The Big Lebowski" (in which Bridges star) or "Time After Time" (an awesome sci-fi movie starring Warner as villain).

I only watched this movie because: 1) In 2005, The Strokes (one of my favorite rock bands) made a video clip for the song 12:51 in which "TRON" was used as reference to the whole thing. Very Interesting by the way. And 2) I heard that "TRON Legacy" is going to be released this year so I thought "Let's see what this movie has of interesting". And the result came to nowhere. And I'm glad that Supertramp, another of my favorite groups, wasn't available to contribute to songs in this wreck. The music in the movie, by the way, is so strangely executed.

The dated visual effects has some charming things that remind us of the 1980's with a twinkle in the eyes. After all who doesn't love the movies of that decade? I loved the visual concept of the movie along with the brilliant and themed costume designs (Oscar nominated). But its slowed rhythm story and its lack of expectation, lack of a better climax just ruined the movie for me. I hope that "TRON Legacy" became a better project. At least, I know it's going to be because Lisberger is not directing the movie, but his hands are in the screenplay again so let's hope he makes something good this time. 2/10


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