When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.


Steven Spielberg


Zak Penn (screenplay by), Ernest Cline (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tye Sheridan ... Parzival / Wade
Olivia Cooke ... Art3mis / Samantha
Ben Mendelsohn ... Sorrento
Lena Waithe ... Aech / Helen
T.J. Miller ... I-R0k
Simon Pegg ... Curator / Ogden Morrow
Mark Rylance ... Anorak / Halliday
Philip Zhao ... Sho
Win Morisaki ... Daito
Hannah John-Kamen ... F'Nale Zandor
Ralph Ineson ... Rick
Susan Lynch ... Alice
Clare Higgins ... Mrs. Gilmore
Laurence Spellman ... Lame Tattoo Guy (Reb)
Perdita Weeks ... Kira


In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the Oasis to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-aka the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS. Written by Warner Bros.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An adventure too big for the real world See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the final battle scene when the rest of the avatars join in the fight, Parzival is seen holding a boom box above his head, which may be a reference to the '80s film Say Anything (1989), where John Cusack holds a boom box to show how much he loves his girlfriend. This scene has also been referenced in The Simpsons (1989) and many other pop culture outlets. Say Anything was also one of the movies the High-Five clan could've chosen when trying to figure out what movie Halliday went on his date. See more »


Art3mis tells Parzival at the library that he needs a disguise now that he is on top of the scoreboards. She knows this because she entered wearing a Goro costume. Parzival dons the Clark Kent glasses and continues on through the library. Art3mis is no longer wearing a disguise and she is in second place on the scoreboards. Wouldn't she be mobbed like Parzival was? Especially if Parzival can recognize her from just seeing her Akira bike. See more »


[first lines]
Announcer: Get ready for the feel, the real of real. X1. No pain, no gain.
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Crazy Credits

The studio logos at the beginning of the movie run slightly faster than normal. See more »


References Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) See more »


Written and Performed by George Michael
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Cute but ultimately tiresome
12 March 2020 | by Dragonborn64See all my reviews

A non stop barrage of 80s nostalgia is what holds the movie together. The characters are your basic prototypes. I'm sure there is a big audience for this but it seemed very long to me and the cutsiness backfired at times. Not terrible but not a that memorable either.

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Release Date:

29 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ready Player One See more »


Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,764,050, 1 April 2018

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Auro 11.1 | Dolby Atmos | SDDS | Sonics-DDP | DTS (DTS: X)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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