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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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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
Tony Stephano ... Peter / Sark's Lieutenant
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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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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9 July 1982 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,761,795, 11 July 1982

Gross USA:

$33,000,000
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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 real life, a bit has two states: on and off. The bit that Flynn meets has three states. When at rest it is a different looking character than when it says, "yes," and when it says, "no." The at rest state is a complex, many faceted block-ish character. The "yes" state looks like two 4 sided pyramids joined at their bases (octohedron). The "no" phase is a very spiky, star-like shape. See more »

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[first lines]
Boy in Video Game Arcade: All right, give me room. Here we go.
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There are no opening credits, save for the production companies (and the opening prologue in the English language foriegn version.) For the title, a pair of lightning bolts flare, forming a brilliant point of light, where various parts coalesce to form a human figure. The point of light flares, revealing the title TRON, which an electric point of light shimmering in the "O". The title TRON rushes toward the camera, rotating around the "O", and as the title gets closer, a landscape of three dimensional circuitry appears within the letters themselves. As the camera dives in, it levels off, and the circuitry turns into the lights of a cityscape, dissolving into the establishing shot of the arcade. See more »

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References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Only Solutions
Written and Performed by Journey
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Someone had to try it
19 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Tron" is not for everyone.

This first sentence should make you think that "Tron" is a cult movie. Well, maybe it is. My parents abhor it. My sister detests it. But my friends, who were born in the early 70s (very early, actually) and me see it as an amazing piece of work.

Is it stunning? Yes, even though more than half of the film is colorized b&w. Is it computer animated? Yes, although I am betting your home PC might be able to render the images you will see there without any problem. Maybe not in real time, but almost. Is it special? You bet. Even though CGI had been tried before, Tron took it to the next logical step: creating whole CGI rendered scenes (e.g. tanks, cycles, Recognizers).

The film is confusing at times, and 18 years later you can safely say the script wasn't actually the best. On the light of the Internet, though, it all makes a lot more sense, and it plainly demonstrates that the writers really loved computers. In fact, they were so ahead of their times that I am betting too many people who saw it the first time didn't understand it. That was its failure: only computer geeks could get the whole picture (no pun intended).

Still, I guess Toy Story I and II are the direct development of Tron. And that cannot be bad in any way.


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