WarGames

WarGames

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Director: John Badham

Cast: John Badham, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood

     
 

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Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he's smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in WarGames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadverently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, "Global Thermonuclear War." What we know, but Broderick doesn't, is that the

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Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he's smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in WarGames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadverently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, "Global Thermonuclear War." What we know, but Broderick doesn't, is that the Pentagon, hoping to eliminate the chancy "human element" in the event of an actual war, has given its computer total, irreversable control over the launching of nuclear weaponry. Broderick and government official Dabney Coleman race against time to reverse the computer's resolve to send bombers to Russia. WarGames scored a hit, especially with teenage filmgoers.

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Made at a time when public perception of computers' abilities far exceeded their actual potential, WarGames benefited greatly from the mass confusion inherent in the onset of the home-computing movement. But it's also a relic of its era in other ways as well, tapping into a fresh vein of Cold War anxiety that arrived with the Reagan administration's new concentration on the arms race. As much as the first factor dates it and the second factor may alienate viewers who came of age after the fall of the Iron Curtain, neither element prevents director John Badham's film from still playing like a skillfully put together thriller. Though preachy (especially in its peacenik finale), from its first scene WarGames establishes a tense mood undercut only by some jokey teen banter. It's not hard to see why the film has become a cult piece among hackers -- short of time travel, there's probably no better place to find as much antiquated hardware and outdated technical jargon -- but its virtues extend beyond techno-kitsch.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
UPC:
0027616098764
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
1,108

Special Features

Closed Caption; Loading wargames documentary; Attack of the hackers featurette; Inside NORAD: cold war fortress featurette; Tic tac toe: a true story featurette; Interactive superpower weapons briefing gallery; Sneak peek at wargames - the dead code; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick David
Dabney Coleman McKittrick
John Wood Falken
Ally Sheedy Jennifer
Barry Corbin Gen. Beringer
Juanin Clay Pat Healy
Kent Williams Cabot
Dennis Lipscomb Watson
Joe Dorsey Conley
Irving Metzman Richter
Len Lawson Boy's Vice Principal
Frances E. Nealy Visitor
Wallis Nicita Actor
Pat Orseth Actor
Ray Sharkey Radar Analyst
Duncan Wilmore Maj. Lem
Martha Shaw Vice Principal Secretary
Howard Allen Boy in Arcade
Michael Ensign Beringer's Aide
Susan Davis Mrs. Lightman
James Tolkan Nigan
David Clover Stockman
Drew Snyder Ayers
John Garber Corporal in Infirmary
John Spencer Jerry
Michael Madsen Steve
Erik Stern Commander
Gary Bisig Deputy
Jason Bernard Captain Knewt
Frankie Hill Airman Fields
Jesse D. Goins Sergeant
Alan Blumenfeld Mr. Liggett
Maury Chaykin Jim Sting
Eddie Deezen Malvin
Stephen Lee Sgt. Schneider
Stack Pierce Airman
Art La Fleur Guard
Brad David Berwick Flight Pilot Leader
Mike Adams Travis
James Ackerman Joshua
Jim Harriott Newscaster
Tom Lawrence Sgt. Sims
Charles Akins Major Ford
William Bogert Mr. Lightman
Lucinda Crosby Nurse in Infirmary

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Delaney Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Elliott Stunts
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Joe di Gaetano Special Effects
Leonard J. Goldberg Executive Producer
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
Walon Green Screenwriter
Richard Hashimoto Associate Producer,Production Designer
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Al Jones Stunts
Lawrence Lasker Screenwriter
Linda Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
James Murakami Art Director
Wallis Nicita Casting
Walter Parkes Screenwriter
Michael Ripps Editor
Tom Rolf Editor
Artur Rubinstein Score Composer
Harold Schneider Producer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wargames
1. Launch Order [:09]
2. Main Titles/NORAD [6:16]
3. Deployment Debate [2:43]
4. Meet WOPR [:21]
5. Attitude Problem [2:39]
6. New Grades [1:53]
7. Obsolete [1:59]
8. The Young Hacker [1:27]
9. Strategy Games [5:01]
10. Falken's Maze [:47]
11. Shall We Play a Game? [1:27]
12. Missile Warning [1:12]
13. Game Paused [4:56]
14. In the News [2:27]
15. The Primary Goal [2:15]
16. Nabbed by the Feds [5:47]
17. More than a Prank [:05]
18. Meeting McKittrick [2:57]
19. What's the Difference [1:59]
20. Alarm Code Playback [2:03]
21. Just Part of the Group [:30]
22. Goose Island [1:56]
23. DefCon 2 [2:09]
24. Futility [:12]
25. No Place to Hide [2:39]
26. DefCon 1 [:11]
27. Countdown to Impact [3:05]
28. Access Denied [3:52]
29. Launch Code [2:05]
30. Tic-Tac-Toe [3:06]
31. War Games [5:09]
32. End Titles [1:01]

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