WarGames (1983)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama


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A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.


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6 February 2006 | RebelMe
8
| Pleased with the film
If you want to see a film with the most real style of hacking, forget Swordfish, The Net and all these other films where "hackers" work in graphically superb programs and can hack government server in few seconds. Broderick, working in his text-only mode, using social-engineering and having good abilities handling primitive electric devices is nearest the real world's "hacking", at least in his period.

As thought that the film sometimes lacks tension, especially in the middle, it has its very strong moments. To be honest, I got most excited on the very beginning, I really loved it.

The performances are good, but I disliked and didn't believe the performance of the man, who should have played the wooden-head general. It seemed to be too overacted. He himself lowered my rating by one.

This film might not be so interesting for people, who aren't interested in computers, because, as I mentioned upper, the plot lacks some deeper crisis, but I thing that everyone else will like it, so if you match the upper criterion I can recommend you only one thing: Go and get it!

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Trivia

The studio had the Galaxian (1979) and Galaga (1981) arcade machines delivered to Matthew Broderick's home, where he practiced for two months to prepare for the arcade scene.


Quotes

General Beringer: Gentlemen, I wouldn't trust this overgrown pile of microchips any further than I can throw it.


Goofs

General Beringer could not raise or lower the Defense Condition at NORAD. Only the President of the United States can order a change of the DEFCON, and only after the President consults the military chiefs of staff, the Vice President, Secretary of State, the CIA, analysts and numerous Ambassadors, most likely in Washington D.C. General Beringer would likely receive orders to the current Defense Condition of the country. Also, NORAD is an information center for the North American continent and its primary mission is intelligence gathering and interpretation. The commanding officer of NORAD can not make or dictate strategic policies.


Alternate Versions

In the premiere telecast version of the film, in the scene where the female airmen is counting down to Impact, there is more background music that plays than in the theatrical version and home video releases containing English language versions. However, the extra background music plays in foreign versions of the movie. Also, the extra BGM has not played in subsequent TV airings since that first telecast, as far as I am aware.


Soundtracks

History Lesson (Long Line Leading To Man)
Performed by
Arthur B. Rubinstein, Cynthia Morrow, Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli (as The Beepers)
Lyrics by Cynthia Morrow
Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Produced by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)

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Action | Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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