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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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David
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McKittrick
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Falken
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Jennifer
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General Beringer
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Pat Healy
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Cabot
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Watson
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Conley
Irving Metzman ...
Richter
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Beringer's Aide
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Mr. Lightman
Susan Davis ...
Mrs. Lightman
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Wigan
David Clover ...
Stockman
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Ayers
John Garber ...
Corporal in the Infirmary
Duncan Wilmore ...
Major Lem
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
Radar Analyst
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Jerry
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Steve
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Commander (as Erik Stern)
Gary Bisig ...
Deputy
Gary Sexton ...
Technician
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Captain Knewt
Frankie Hill ...
Airman Fields
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Sergeant (as Jesse Goins)
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Mr. Liggett
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Boys Vice Principal
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Jim Sting
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Malvin
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Sgt. Schneider
Lucinda Crosby ...
Nurse in Infirmary
Stack Pierce ...
Airman
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Guard
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Flight Pilot Leader (as Brad David Berwick)
Martha Shaw ...
Vice Principal's Secretary
Howie Allen ...
Boy in Arcade
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Travis
James Ackerman ...
Joshua
Jim Harriott ...
Newscaster
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Sgt. Sims
Frances E. Nealy ...
Visitor (as Frances Nealy)
Charles Akins ...
Major Ford
Glenn Standifer ...
Major Wenstin
Edward Jahnke ...
NORAD Officer
Paul V. Picerni Jr. ...
Technician
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Arcade Kid (uncredited)
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Major at Norad Control Center (uncredited)
Katherine Hittelman ...
High School Student (uncredited)
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NORAD Officer (uncredited)
Ed McDermott II ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Don Savage ...
FBI Agent (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Badham

Written by

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Lawrence Lasker ... (written by) &
Walter F. Parkes ... (written by)
 
Walon Green ... (written by) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Leonard Goldberg ... executive producer
Richard Hashimoto ... associate producer
Harold Schneider ... producer
Bruce McNall ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Arthur B. Rubinstein

Cinematography by

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William A. Fraker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tom Rolf

Editorial Department

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Ray Martin ... color timer
Liz Randol ... assistant film editor (as Liza Randol)
Michael Ripps ... associate film editor

Casting By

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Wallis Nicita ... (as Wally Nicita)

Production Design by

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Angelo P. Graham

Art Direction by

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James J. Murakami

Set Decoration by

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Jerry Wunderlich

Costume Design by

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Barry Francis Delaney ... (costumes: men) (as Barry F. Delaney)

Makeup Department

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Michael Germain ... makeup artist (as Perry Michael Germain)
Lynda Gurasich ... hair stylist
Brenda Todd ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Richard Hashimoto ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Newt Arnold ... first assistant director
Robert J. Doherty ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Gregg H. Bilson ... property master
Robert Scaife ... construction coordinator
John M. Schenk ... assistant property master
Frank L. Brown ... set dressing lead man (uncredited)
Chris Courtois ... model maker (uncredited)
Kevin Shanks ... tile/floor covering (uncredited)
Daniel Turk ... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Van Zyl ... greensman (uncredited)
Mike Villarino ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Milton C. Burrow ... supervising sound effects editor
Willie D. Burton ... sound mixer
Carlos Delarios ... re-recording mixer
Michael J. Kohut ... re-recording mixer
William L. Manger ... supervising sound effects editor
Aaron Rochin ... re-recording mixer
Craig Harris ... voice processing (uncredited)
Robin Haskins ... re-recordist (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli ... special sound effects (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dan Sharp ... re-recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Mick Baran ... special electronic effects crew
Bill Cobb ... special electronic effects crew
Robert Cole ... special electronic effects foreman
Joe Digaetano ... special effects
Richard Hoffenberg ... special electronic effects crew
Bruce Knechtges ... special electronic effects crew
Robin Dean Leyden ... special electronic effects crew
Robin Reilly ... special electronic effects crew
Mark Stivers ... special electronic effects crew
Robert Wilcox ... special electronic effects crew (as Robert G. Wilcox Jr.)
David Domeyer ... special effects (uncredited)
R.J. Hohman ... special effects wireman (uncredited)
Robert W. King ... fabricator (uncredited)
Donald Pennington ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Colin Cantwell ... computer graphics design consultant
Jack Cooperman ... miniature photography
Marcia Dripchak ... computer graphics unit
Michael L. Fink ... visual effects supervisor
Linda Fleisher ... visual effects consultant
Steve Grumette ... computer video consultant
Don Hansard ... process coordinator
David R. Hardberger ... computer graphics unit (as David Hardberger)
Judith Herman ... computer graphics unit
Geoffrey Kirkland ... visual consultant
Sylvia Lovegren ... computer graphics unit
Jonathan Seay ... computer graphics unit
Wayne Baker ... assistant camera: miniature unit (uncredited)

Stunts

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Tom Elliott ... stunts
Marguerite Happy ... stunts
Al Jones ... stunts
Michael Adams ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Avery ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott ... stunt double: Matthew Broderick (uncredited)
Marguerite Happy ... stunt double: Ally Sheedy (uncredited)
Al Jones ... stunt double: John Wood (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dave Anderberg ... grip
Gerald H. Boatright ... assistant chief lighting technician
David E. Diano ... assistant camera
Gary R. Dodd ... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
To Lee ... camera assistant trainee
Ralph Nelson ... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Doug Pentek ... chief lighting technician
Thomas P. Powell ... mgm rigging gaffer: Los Angeles Unit
Richard Turner ... assistant camera
Richard Walden ... additional camera operator
Steve Yaconelli ... camera operator

Casting Department

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Pat Orseth ... location casting: Seattle

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Linda Matthews ... costumer: women
Ray Summers ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Robert C. Decker ... location manager (as Robert Decker)
Robert Eggenweiler ... location manager
Lynn Dee Schwarz ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Mark Hoder ... orchestrator
Joe Tuley ... music editor
William David Brohn ... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... music copyist (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli ... musician: synthesizer (uncredited) / performer: additional arrangements (uncredited) / song producer (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Aaron Rochin ... music recordist (uncredited)
Arthur B. Rubinstein ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Sally Stevens ... singer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Harold Michelson ... continuity consultant
H. Bud Otto ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Randy Musselman ... driver captain

Other crew

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Joy Anzarouth ... production coordinator
Lyla Foggia ... unit publicist
John Garber ... dialogue coach
Dana Satler Hankins ... assistant: Mr. Badham (as Dana Satler)
Richard Keefe ... process librarian
Derry J. Pearce ... production auditor
Bill Watson ... pterosaur consultant
Duncan Wilmore ... technical advisor
Mike Berro ... computer programmer (uncredited)
Lynn Hendee ... production executive (uncredited)
Alexander Kanellakos ... prop runner (uncredited)
Kevin King ... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli ... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The only winning move is not to play. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Genius (United States)
  • War Games (United States)
  • War Games (Japan, English title)
  • War Games: Kriegsspiele (Germany)
  • Jocs de guerra (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,227,804, 05 Jun 1983

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to John Badham, the scene of the jeep trying to crash through the gate at NORAD and turning over was an actual accident. The jeep was supposed to continue through the gate. They added the scene of the characters running from the jeep and down the tunnel and used the botched jeep stunt. See more »
Goofs After David is arrested, the next scene is at NORAD where a tour group is being escorted. The escort asks a woman with a camera around her neck to sit in the command chair. A visitor would not be allowed to bring a camera into NORAD. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Canadian Bacon (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Video Fever See more »
Quotes [after playing out all possible outcomes for Global Thermonuclear War]
Joshua: Greetings, Professor Falken.
Stephen Falken: Hello, Joshua.
Joshua: A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?
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