PG | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.
To inspire the actors, arcade games were placed on the production sets and could be played during downtime. Jeff Bridges apparently was the most adept at the games and found it hard to tear himself away from a game to shoot a scene.
Boy in Video Game Arcade:
All right, give me room. Here we go.
When the escapees first spot the water, Tron runs to it, then Flynn, then Ram. But when Flynn reaches it, Ram is already there.
There are no opening credits, save for the production companies (and the opening prologue in the English language foriegn version.) For the title, a pair of lightning bolts flare, forming a brilliant point of light, where various parts coalesce to form a human figure. The point of light flares, revealing the title TRON, which an electric point of light shimmering in the "O". The title TRON rushes toward the camera, rotating around the "O", and as the title gets closer, a landscape of three dimensional circuitry appears within the letters themselves. As the camera dives in, it levels off, and the circuitry turns into the lights of a cityscape, dissolving into the establishing shot of the arcade.
When the film was released in theaters, there was an alternate prologue which has since been excised. Similar to the prologue on the 20th Anniversary DVD, the alternate prologue states that every time we renew our driver's license, pay our telephone bill, or use a credit card, a bit of each of us is left within the computer. This prologue is not on the home video versions, nor on the 20th Anniversary DVD.
$4,761,795 (USA) (11 July 1982)