WarGames

WarGames

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Director: John Badham

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

     
 

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Wargames was a hit film in 1983 that has become a harbinger of the future, and the MGM DVD, like the movie, contains several features that make it hard to resist. Wargames is the tale of a computer run amok; the movie stars a prepubescent Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Today, with modems prevalent and computers running everythingSee more details below

Overview

Wargames was a hit film in 1983 that has become a harbinger of the future, and the MGM DVD, like the movie, contains several features that make it hard to resist. Wargames is the tale of a computer run amok; the movie stars a prepubescent Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Today, with modems prevalent and computers running everything from coffee makers to automobiles, the idea of an intelligent computer using the telephone to create havoc doesn't seem so far-fetched. The DVD features an audio commentary by director John Badham and writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes that frequently makes the same point: what was science fiction then has become commonplace today. The DVD has a new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that amplifies the creepy booming undertones that the filmmakers use to indicate the computer is working independently. Trivia, production notes, and the original theatrical trailer complete the special features.

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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:
04/29/1998
UPC:
0027616705624
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director John Bodham and writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes; New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Trivia and production notes; 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

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Om Mani Padme Boom! [6:36]
2. Main Title/NORAD [3:05]
3. The Deployment Debate [2:39]
4. Meet WOPR/War Games [1:53]
5. David/"Your Wife?" [3:27]
6. Penciling In New Grades [5:00]
7. Replacing The Key Men [:47]
8. Perusing Protovision [2:40]
9. Tickets To Paris/Games [4:55]
10. "Definitely Military" [4:43]
11. Thermonuclear War [5:47]
12. Missile Warning [3:02]
13. Parental Interruptus [1:59]
14. In The News/"Screwed!" [3:11]
15. Computer Callbacks [1:18]
16. Nabbed By Feds [2:21]
17. DefCon 4/Seattle Spy [2:39]
18. Meeting McKittrick [3:28]
19. DefCon 3/Robert Hume [3:40]
20. Playback Is Swell [5:12]
21. Escape/Phoney Change [7:04]
22. Goose Island, Oregon [3:49]
23. DefCon 2/Ghost Planes [1:57]
24. A Game Of Futility [5:06]
25. "I Can't Swim!"/Copter [3:40]
26. DefCon 1/Almost Doorjam [3:23]
27. Incoming Warheads [5:26]
28. Lock Out Change [3:03]
29. "He Got One" [2:05]
30. Tic Tac Toe [2:19]
31. Strobing Strategies [3:13]
32. End Credits [2:57]

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