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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

Writers:

Steven Lisberger (screenplay), Steven Lisberger (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A world inside the computer where man has never been. Never before now. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

TRON: The Original Classic 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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Technical Specs

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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

Wendy Carlos' score was recorded using the same Moog modular synthesizer used for her groundbreaking "Switched-On Bach" LP in 1968, as well as her previous film scores for "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining". Also used was Carlos' then-cutting edge GDS digital synthesizer, as well as the live London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Tron soundtrack, therefore, at the time represented a hybrid of three generations of music production: past (live orchestra), present (analog synthesis), and future (digital synthesis). See more »

Goofs

During the loft scene in Flynn's arcade, watch the chrome lamp behind Flynn's head. The flood light bulb appears and disappears between scenes. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Some non-USA versions of the film have a brief prologue of text explaining the difference between the computer world and the real world right before the starting credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Silicon Valley: Teambuilding Exercise (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

1990s Theme
Written and Performed by Journey
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Someone had to try it
19 September 2000 | by fjhuerta-2See 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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