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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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On the other side of the screen, it all looked so easy... See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

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

Pac-Man makes a graphical and audible cameo on Sark's control screen just after the light cycles escape the game grid. See more »

Goofs

The first three shots of Flynn playing Space Paranoids in his arcade are clearly filmed off a standard TV monitor mounted in the game's cabinet. In the next shots, where only the "screen" is visible, and not the cabinet, the typical "Tron" CGI technique is used. Compare the contrast, color range and particularly the noise level of the two halves of the scene. See more »

Quotes

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

A section of the end credits is in Taiwanese. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also included in the DVD is the original "Opening Monologue" from the original theatrical release, a la Blade Runner, that "explained" the world that the viewer was about to enter. It said: 'This is the story of two worlds and the beings who inhabit them. One of these is our world, the one we can see and feel. The world of the "Users". It lies on our side of the video screen.' The next card read: 'The other, an electronic micro-civilization, lives and breathes just beyond our grasp. This is the world of the "Programs." Because we, the Users, have created this new world, part of us lives there, too...' The third, final card reads, in large type: 'ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SCREEN'. This occurs between the Buena Vista and Walt Disney credits from the original screen. This was put in the international English language release, and the subsequent domestic wide release in the United States. See more »

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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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