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Wargames [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

 PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Playing Thermonuclear War Sept. 7 2003
WarGames presented the ultimate nightmare senerio for its time. Made while the Cold War between the U.S. and Russia was still going on. The film, though dated in some respects, still works, given how society depends on computers, even more today, than it did back in '83.
David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a teenaged computer whiz. While trying to show off his skills to his neighborhood friend, Jennifer (Ally Sheedy), David hacks into the Pentagon's defense systems. In doing so, he sets the stage for the start of World War III. Evenually, Pentagon officials, led Dr. McKittrick (Dabney Coleman) and General Beringer (Barry Corbin), soon bring the pair in for questioning. As things go from bad to worse, the key to stopping the nuclear meltdown may rest with the reclusive Dr. Stephen Falken (John Wood), who doesn't care if the world survives or not.
Directed by John Badham, the film has it's predictable moments, but thanks to Broderick and Sheedy, things stay watchable and entertaining. The pair play things very convincingly as teens out to only have fun, who get in way over their heads. The authority figures are "real" folks just trying to solve this problem before time ticks away.
The DVD has a solid commentary by director John Badham and writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes. The track discusses the film and its place as an 80's cult classic. The disc's only other extra is the movie's theatrical trailer. As a way to compensate for the lack of additional bonus material, MGM gives us an 8-page booklet with trivia and production notes.
Thanks to cable and home video, WarGames, has had continued new life, after its original theatrical release. With a case of 80's nostalgia, I can safely recommend this film
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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 23 days ago by K. Gordon
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 1 month 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 19 months ago by fiona Bryden
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most memorable films of the 80s
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2008 by Daniel Jolley
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
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
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