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Broderick/Coleman/Wood/Sheedy ~ Wargames
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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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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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I ordered this for a friend of mine but, I am sure he likes it and is happy with the product.Published 1 month ago by Janet O'Neill
Good story line, family movie all can watch. Computer in movie considered high tech for time.Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline D
The movie is good! But the case it came in was broken in one corner.Published 10 months ago by Janie Belleau
This is a pop culture classic film. It's aim was to demonstrate there are no winners in a global thermal nuclear war during the Reagan years when everyone was sure he was going to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Movie Guy
A movie ahead of its time that took the concern of cyber security seriously. A surprisingly good story driven by solid characters. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert
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