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.
Development for the film first began in 1976 when Steven Lisberger found himself addicted to the video game Pong.
Boy in Video Game Arcade:
All right, give me room. Here we go.
(at around 28 mins) When Lora shows her direct terminal in ENCOM building (laser target area) to Flynn, he turns the computer on by turning the wheel on the printer. Some may say that he tries to put the paper in, so he could print out the evidence of the theft of "Space paranoid" game, but the paper is already in and ready to print. This is maybe not a mistake, just ignorance...
Certain versions of the European/American re-release have the explanatory title cards establishing the viewer into the world of the Programs and Users.
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.
Written and Performed by Journey
$4,761,795 (USA) (11 July 1982)
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