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A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.

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Jimmy Woods / The Wizard
Vince Trankina ...
Tate (as Vincent Leahr)
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Christine Bateman
Dea McAllister ...
Counselor
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Bateman
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Sam Woods
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Corey Woods
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Nick Woods
Will Seltzer ...
Putnam
Roy Conrad ...
Bus Clerk
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Haley
Roderick Dexter ...
Trucker #1 / Wrecking Yard Man
Ray Bickel ...
Trucker #2
Chuck Skinner ...
Grease Monkey
W.K. Cowan ...
Salesman #1
William C. Thompson ...
Salesman #2
Sonny Dukes ...
Biker
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Old Navajo
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Tough Teen #1 (as Jason Oliver)
Rowden Metzger ...
Tough Teen #2 (as Rowdy Metzger)
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Tough Teen #3 (as Preston Scott Lee)
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Diner Manager
Gregor Hesse ...
Younger Boy
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Lucas
Tom Kerley ...
Pinball Teen
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Spankey
Gene Skillen ...
Stickman
Blair Anthony ...
Hotel Security
Thomas Stanczyk ...
Rick the Video Counselor
Jacqueline Lear ...
Bubblegum Girl
Valana C. Hatter ...
Diner Waitress
Terri Lynn Neish ...
Poolside Waitress
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Armageddon Registrar
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Armageddon Announcer
Marisa DeSimone ...
Mora Grissom
Zed Frizzelle ...
Lucas' Buddy
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Studio Tour Guide
David D'Ovidio ...
Armageddon Official
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Max (uncredited)
Candice Hill ...
Gamer (uncredited)
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Lucas' Goon at Video Armageddon (uncredited)

Directed by

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Todd Holland

Written by

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David Chisholm ... (written by)

Produced by

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David Chisholm ... producer
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive producer
Daniel Schneider ... associate producer
Ken Topolsky ... producer

Music by

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J. Peter Robinson

Cinematography by

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Robert D. Yeoman

Film Editing by

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Tom Finan

Editorial Department

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John Nicolard ... color timer
Suzanne Spangler ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mali Finn
Sally Lear ... (additional casting)

Production Design by

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Michael L. Mayer

Art Direction by

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Robert Sissman

Set Decoration by

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Claire Jenora Bowin

Costume Design by

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Scilla Andreen ... (as Scilla Andreen-Hernandez)

Makeup Department

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Emanuel Millar ... hair department head

Production Management

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Daniel Schneider ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David D'Ovidio ... second assistant director
James M. Halty ... second unit director
Mark Hansson ... dga trainee
Jerry Ketcham ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Richard F. Anderson ... carpenter
Nat Bocking ... assistant property master
Chris Carriveau ... art department temp
Kathleen B. Cooper ... painter
Jonathan R. Hodges ... property master
Quinn Monahan ... on-set dresser
Leon Ranch Jr. ... shop construction
Stephen Tibbo ... swing

Sound Department

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Lawrence L. Commans ... boom operator
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
J. Paul Huntsman ... supervising sound editor
Steven Patrick McCormick ... dialogue/adr editor
Sarah Monat ... foley artist
Mortesa Rezvani ... sound mixer
Brad Sherman ... sound effects editor
Joel Valentine ... sound effects editor

Special Effects by

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Josh Hakian ... special effects supervisor

Stunts

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Clay Boss ... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs ... stunts
Kerrie Cullen ... stunts
Jeff Dashnaw ... stunts
Steve M. Davison ... stunts
Gardner Doolittle ... stunt performer
Andree Gibbs ... stunts
James M. Halty ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunts
Tommy J. Huff ... stunts
John Meier ... stunts
Paula Marie Moody ... stunts
Larry Nicholas ... stunts
Bobby Porter ... stunts
George A. Sack Jr. ... stunts
Alan Gibbs ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tom Glass ... truck action (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard Arsenault ... video playback engineer
David E. Elkins ... first assistant camera: second unit
Wes Houle ... gaffer: second unit / set electrician
Bob Leitelt ... dolly grip
Zeph R. Makgetla ... assistant camera
Willie Mann ... best boy grip
Chris Morley ... gaffer
Vince Onken ... electrician
Les Percy ... key grip
Charles Smith ... grip

Location Management

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Harry Middleton ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Dittrick ... music editor
Michael Rockwell ... recording engineer: underscore
Katherine Quittner ... music editor: temp score (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Howard Bachrach ... transportation captain
Craig Hill ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

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Alitzah ... adr loop group
Richard Arsenault ... video
Dayv Brooks ... Nintendo Advisor
David Combs ... studio teacher
Steve Cowie ... production office assistant
John Glaeser ... assistant production office coordinator
Jonathan Glassner ... story editor
Suzanne Lutz ... production assistant
Celia Mercer ... Armageddon Video Graphics Designed By
Adam Spilkoman ... production assistant
Andy Spilkoman ... production assistant
Shawn Stevens ... crafts service/catering
Michael Parkhurst ... marketing consultant (uncredited) / technical advisor (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a game...it's the chance of a lifetime. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Vidéokid (France)
  • Joy Stick Heroes (Germany)
  • El campeón del videojuego (Spain)
  • L'enfant génial (Canada, French title)
  • Волшебник (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The movie has developed a cult following, with movie-themed retro gaming tournaments hosted across the country. Luke Edwards, Fred Savage, and Jenny Lewis have made appearances at these events. See more »
Goofs All of the Nintendo consoles at Video Armaggedon are off. If they were on, a single red light would appear on the front left side of each. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Family Business/Blaze/We're No Angels/The Wizard/The Rosegarden (1989). See more »
Soundtracks You Don't Get Much See more »
Quotes Lucas: I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.
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