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WarGames (1983)

PG | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 3 June 1983 (USA)
A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... David
... McKittrick
... Falken
... Jennifer
... General Beringer
... Pat Healy
Kent Williams ... Cabot
... Watson
... Conley
Irving Metzman ... Richter
... Beringer's Aide
... Mr. Lightman
Susan Davis ... Mrs. Lightman
... Wigan
David Clover ... Stockman
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Storyline

A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Is it a game, or is it real? See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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MGM

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3 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Genius  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,227,804, 5 June 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,568,000
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The touch-tone sequence to reach the President from NORAD control center is the famous "da da da dum" from Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. These four notes are also the letter V in Morse Code, used variously as a symbol of victory and peace. See more »

Goofs

McKitrick (Dabney Coleman) says to David (Matthew Broderick) "Computers don't call people."

Some computer (B)ulletin (B)oard (S)ystems (BBSs) would have you enter your phone number, then direct you to hang up and set your modem to answer mode so the system could call you back in order to validate the phone number provided.

Very few BBSs ever actually worked this way, as it was quickly discovered this could easily be used to make nuisance phone calls (by providing a target's phone number) as the computer system was often set to try multiple times. See more »

Quotes

Radar Analyst Kirkland: Inbounds presently MIRV-ing. We now have approximately twenty-four possible targets in track.
Colonel Joe Conley: Sir, new time to impact: eight minutes.
Major Dawes: [hands Beringer a telephone] Sir, SAC is launching the bombers. General Powers is on the line.
General Beringer: [into the telephone] Beringer.
[pause]
General Beringer: Goddamn it! We didn't get a launch detection from our satellite!
[pause]
General Beringer: No, no. Radar picked 'em up already out of the atmosphere. That's the first we heard of it.
[Beringer gives phone back to his aide, Major Dawes]
General Beringer: [to Colonel Conley]
[...]
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Referenced in Greek: Gays, Ghosts, and Gamma Rays (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

War Games
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash (as Crosby, Stills & Nash)
[Promotional song used in theatrical trailer and MTV video]
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Ahead of it's time
18 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wargames was a movie that was way ahead of its time. No one was making films about hacking into computer systems. The only computers used in movies were on space ships. No home computer has ever really been brought to the big screen. Wargames broke from the normal studio sci fi norm of either Earth being visited by aliens (E.T) or battles of Good and Evil in space (Star Wars, Star Trek). With the raise in hacker crime rate now, and seeing how Dependant we've become on computers, Wargames was a movie with it the eye on the future. Imaginative story, great cast (who, despite other reviews, do not phone it in) Wargames is a true gem, as it was recently listed by AFI as one of the top 100 sci fi movies of all time. Broderick was perfect as a slacker teen, and Ally Sheedy turns in one of her best performance, making the most of an under developed character. Dabney Coleman showed why he was one of the busiest actors in the 1980's (though he always better cast as a villain), and Barry Corbin could play almost anything convincingly. while the special effects may be dated by todays standard, Wargames helped shape the way people think and speak. Backdoors, hacking, were not common terms like they are today. Without a doubt, much in agreement with AFI, Wargames remains one of the most important films ever made.


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