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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:

Trapped in a fight to the finish inside the video world he created [UK theatrical] 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 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

Runtime:

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

Before the orange is "de-rezzed" at the beginning of the movie, the following commands appear on the screen on each side of the graphic of the orange:

LEFT SIDE:

MAG IOX MCP CNTRL ACTIVE INPT SERVO CNTR GRID MATRIX LOG DATA CONCE INPT STRGE CLRD

RIGHT SIDE:

MODE: SCAN TARGETING SERVO PWR PWR CPLING LOGIC BYPS GRID PROJ KZW CNTRL LSR RTRVL

As the orange is being de-rezzed, the commands change as follows:

LEFT SIDE:

ACTIVE INPT is replaced by ACTIVATE at bottom of commands

RIGHT SIDE:

MODE: LOCK TARGET LOCK ON

GRID PROJ KZW CNTRL LSR RTRVL

When they restore the orange, the commands are:

LEFT SIDE:

ACTIVATE is replaced by RUNNING

RIGHT SIDE:

MODE: RUN PROGRAM: ORANGE

ROM YORI KEY YORI PRIME

Digitalization of the orange goes into memory blocks 129-5233 to 129-5280 and then is read back from blocks 129-5272 to 129-5222. See more »

Goofs

When Sark has his power cycles slowed down by the MCP the first time (0h:33m), the shot from behind Sark has his arms flailing about, but the front shot of Sark shows his arms holding on to the panels. See more »

Quotes

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

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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Only Solutions
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Tron works
1 April 2002 | by Stefan KahrsSee 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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