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WarGames (Widescreen)

Matthew Broderick , Ally Sheedy , John Badham    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Wargames ou Jeux de guerre au Québec (WarGames) est un film de science-fiction américain de John Badham, sorti en 1983. En pleine guerre froide, un hacker adolescent attaque sans le savoir le système informatique militaire américain : le NORAD. Ce système est géré par une intelligence artificielle appelée PROG (pour Plan de riposte opérationnel de guerre) en version française et manque de déclencher, en faisant passer le niveau de sécurité américain à DEFCON 1, une guerre thermonucléaire globale contre le bloc de l'Est.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 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 Backdoors are NOT secrets!! March 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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 grades from home...GOD how I wanted to do this sooooo bad!!!) I remember hating Alley Sheedy's character for getting mad at Mathew Broderick's character (David) for changing her grade...I also remember always hanging around the registration room at my elementary school looking for secret passwords to confirm to myself and my friends that teachers really do leave passwords around to get into the school computer....I never got to confirm this. :>(
Anyways this was the first time I saw it and I didn't quite understand it.
Saw it a couple years later on cable (still in the 1980s) and understood it better, saw it the other day on Turner Classic Movies and WO! this movie rocks!
Some of my favorite scenes and dialogue were:
1.the arcade scene playing "Galaga",
2.the GIANT sized floppy disk being used for programs
3.The computer talking (still gives me goosebumps "Shall we play a game?")
4.The father gagging on the raw corn at the dinner table "This corn is Raw!"
5.The line "Mr. Patatoe head!,Mr. Patatoe head! Back doors are NOT secrets!!!
6."Yeah but Jim you're giving away all our best tricks"
7."Remember when you told me to tell you when you're acting rude and insensitive......Well you're doing it now"
8.David Lightman turns into MacGyver in the solitary room and jams the lock via surgical scissors, and a tape recorder...Phreakin' awesome!
9."Protovision I have you now"
Alley Sheedy wasn't really needed in this movie; they could have easily made her character a guy; a fellow computer nerd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shall We Play a Game? Oct. 1 2003
This 1983 film starts with a scene inside the NORAD missile launch center. The message received is to launch the missiles! But a captain requests human confirmation of the computer order. This test is followed by an investigation of the results. The question is still: how far can we trust any mechanical device? Or any human?
A student is interested in computers; he has an IMSAI to access the school computer and can change grades. By accident he accesses a secret site, and begins to play a game. The students visit a computer room to gain advice. They are told of a "back door" installed in systems to allow access. "People sometimes make mistakes." They also make computer programs, and politics. David's game playing sets off a missile alert - eight incoming MIRVs! But their game is interrupted just in time. They assume they are safe.
But David is arrested by the FBI, and taken in for questioning. "He fits the profile for a Soviet agent" we are told. The computer game is still in play. David discovers Professor Falken is alive, and finds him. Falken claims it is all a game, nuclear war is unwinnable because of all the casualties. (No mention of nuclear winter.)
Back at NORAD the alarms go off - DEFCON 1! A full scale Soviet strike is on! David, Jennifer, and Falken enter the NORAD base just in time. (What's a movie without a car chase?) Falken advises the general to ignore the alarms - "its all a game". "Don't act like a machine" he says. The simulated attack is defeated by doing nothing. But now the computer runs berserk in generating launch codes to create an attack. All entry codes were destroyed to prevent changes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of how a movie about cyber security can work.
A movie ahead of its time that took the concern of cyber security seriously. A surprisingly good story driven by solid characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been a classic
Seeing this again, 30 years later, I’m of two minds. There’s still a lot to enjoy in this slightly Disney version of an end-of-the-world thriller. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but might have been a classic...
Seeing this again, 30 years later, I’m of two minds. There’s still a lot to enjoy in this slightly Disney version of an end-of-the-world thriller. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie based on Cold War Concerns of Nuclear War.
This Movie tells the fictional story of a Computer Hacker who gets in too deep. The story is quite strong on the implications of starting Wars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Stands up well despite the age. Good family movie. This is one of our son's favourites - he is 21.
Published 20 months ago by fiona Bryden
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Film - which entertains
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... Read more
Published on March 4 2006 by R. Kirk
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 The original W.O.P.P.E.R.
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. Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars SHALL WE PLAY A GAME???
It's obvious to even a four year old that the point of this movie is simply, nuclear war is pointless. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Johny Bottom
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
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