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War Games (25th Anniversary Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Matthew Broderick , Ally Sheedy , John Badham    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defense system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film's set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc. John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) directs in strict potboiler mode. Kids still like this movie, though. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, theatrical trailer, Dolby sound, director commentary, optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh

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Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller'S Day Off) And Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) Star In This Compelling Drama Filled With Action, Suspense And High-Tech Adventures! Featuring Superb Performances By Dabney Coleman And Barry Corbin, Wargames Is "Brilliant...Funny...And Provocative" (New York)A Fast-Paced Cyber-Thriller. Computer Hacker David Lightman (Broderick) Can Bypass The Most Advanced Security Systems, Break The Most Intricate Secret Codes And Mastereven The Most Difficult Computer Games. But When He Unwittingly Taps Into The Defense Department'S War Computer, He Initiates A Confrontation Of Global Proportionsworld War Iii! Together With His Girlfriend (Sheedy) And A Wizardly Computer Genius (Tony Awardâ(R) Winner John Wood), David Must Race Against Time To Outwit His Opponent...And Prevent A Nuclear Armageddon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Feb. 4 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Stands up well despite the age. Good family movie. This is one of our son's favourites - he is 21.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just another reviewer named John King Jan. 22 2002
I remember being kinda disappointed when I saw this as a kid. The TV commercial was so good...and lucky you, the trailer is included on the DVD, so you can see for yourself how well marketed WarGames was in its day.
So here we are almost 20 years later, and I have to say I found the movie much more satisfying. I must be softening. You have to like a movie where the kid's playing Galaga in the opening scene. The bloopbleepbleep "Shall we play a game?" computer voice gives me chills. The good kind.
If you look closely, you will see a nerdy Bill Gates. (As opposed to the suave, lady-killer Bill Gates, of course.) I find it eerie that he whines about a "back door."
And...Ally Sheedy is at her cutest here.
By the way, does anyone remember that late 80s dance song DefCon (by CCCP, I think) that sampled from WarGames?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most memorable films of the 80s Feb. 3 2008
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Looking back on my formative years, several theatrical releases stand out above all others, films such as the Star Wars trilogy (of course), E.T., Grease, and - yes - Wargames. Back in 1983, this film was incredible. Home computers were still mysterious contraptions I knew little about (I doubt I even had my Commodore 64 yet), and here was a guy hacking into other computers to change his grades, play cool new games, and who knew what else. And if that weren't enough, his computer actually talked. Looking back now, I have to wonder how many hackers became hackers because of Wargames. I know the film produced plenty of kids just like me who suddenly wanted a computer more than anything else in the world. Younger generations might not appreciate Wargames as much as I do - many will never have seen an old school computer room, computer tapes, an external modem that actually holds the phone receiver, gigantic floppy disks, or even an old-timey command prompt, nor will they know what it was like to grow up in the shadow of a possible full-scale nuclear was between America and the Evil Empire - but I have to believe they will enjoy this film nonetheless. It had been many years since I last watched Wargames, and I'm actually a little surprised at how well the film holds up all these years later.

In the event of a first strike nuclear attack by the Soviet Union, response time is of the essence if you want to live up to your end of the mutually assured destruction bargain, so it makes sense to let a computer handle as much of the response action as possible - especially when that computer is the W.O.P.R. (War Operation Plan Response). After all, the W.O.P.R.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Film - which entertains March 4 2006
By R. Kirk
This is an interesting drama, filmed in the mid-80's. It works, because it is suspenseful, and full of wonderful plausabilities, when one considers the intrigue introduced by computer hackers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still worth watching. July 19 2004
When this movie was released it was very up to date with the technology it featured. In this day of laptop computers and Internet access to mobile phones it certainly looks dated but put that aside and you are still left with a really good movie with a plot idea that still works today.
The story revolves around an underachieving, bored teenager (played by a very young Matthew Broderick) whose main interest in life is his computer. From his bedroom he can alter his school grades, reserve flights, and download software, all by hacking into other computers. While searching for new games from a software company he comes across a set of titles he assumes are games and decides, with his girlfriend, to play Global Thermonuclear War. Unfortunately it isn't a software company he has hacked into but a military system and he is playing against NORAD's computer. When the realisation hits that the NORAD computer, when it's turn comes round, will launch atomic missiles for real, the race is on the stop the game.
This is still a gripping film that can well pump up the tension even after several viewings. Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars The original W.O.P.P.E.R. April 11 2004
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
This animal is a whopper in more ways than one. All you have to do is suspend any type of belief in reality and it is a lot of fun trying to outguess the next move. Even after you have seen it a million times you will find your self kibitzing "look look look it is still running." And what is Joshua doing at the back door?

A teenager, David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) that is too tech savvy for his own good is searching for the new game on the net. He stumbles into the NORAD mainframe evidently it was DARPA/net. For those with a short lifespan DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was the precursor to the internet. We all know what happens when you do this. Yep, now David with the help if his teenage sweetie, Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) must worm his way into NORAD and stop the game or we are toast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SHALL WE PLAY A GAME??? March 27 2004
It's obvious to even a four year old that the point of this movie is simply, nuclear war is pointless. Back in the Cold War 80's, the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union and nuclear holocaust was a very real thing. But the best part of this movie is the technology. Computers with barely enough RAM to play Pong, 5.25 inch floppy disks, and the modems that you actually had to put your phone on like a cradle. For computer nostalgia this is the holy grail movie for today's IT geeks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars well be back in two and two
this movie is best seen in sequence after slingblade, american psycho, kids in the hall, wag the dog, and lawnmower man. Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by chris Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Backdoors are NOT secrets!!
War Games is a part of my top 5 favorite movies of ALL time.
I saw this when I was really young but I remember loving it (mostly because this kid could change his school... Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by Digibong!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Suspense!!
This was one of Matthew Broderick's earlier movies, and along with Ally Sheedy, he delivers a fine performance as a young man who "hacks" his way into the Federal... Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by Gregory Nyman
4.0 out of 5 stars All your base are belong to us
Good movie. I would also recommend Failsafe if you are into the genre of "what if nuclear science blew up in our face?"
Published on Feb. 28 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Spanish subtitles don't work
There is an error in this DVD, and other folks here have also spotted it. The advertised Spanish subtitles do not work. French comes out instead. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by Victoria Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 80s film
this is a fantastic film. i want to be david lightman. he does that joke about "your wife". i have spent TIME in school and always wanted to come out with something so good. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Shall We Play a Game?
This 1983 film starts with a scene inside the NORAD missile launch center. The message received is to launch the missiles! Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by Acute Observer
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