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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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Trapped in a fight to the finish inside the video world he created [UK theatrical] 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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2.20 : 1
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Originally released in the summer of 1982, the abysmal return at the box office caused it to be re-released in February 1983, which produced even worse results. See more »

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When Ram and Flynn are back in their cells Ram is doing tricks with his identity disk. The close up of Rams hands show he has no gloves on. When they cut to wide shot Ram has gloves on. 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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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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Referenced in Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy: King Tutta (2012) 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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