Wargames-25th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: John Badham Starring: Matthew Broderick

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Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with action, suspense and high-tech adventures! Featuring superb performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is "brilliant...funny...and provocative" (New York Magazine)--a fast-paced cyber-thriller. Computer hacker David Lightman (Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and master even the most difficult computer games. But when he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer, he initiates a confrontation of global proportions--World War III! Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (Tony Award winner John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 207553204
UPC 027616098764
UPC 14 00027616098764
Format DVD
Release Date 5/5/2015
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1600
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Nuclear Destruction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In director John Badham's WARGAMES, Matthew Broderick stars as David Lightman, a young hacker who accidentally logs on to the Department of Defense's network. Thinking that he's found a cool new computer game manufacturer, David plays checkers, chess, and other more intriguing games like Global Thermonuclear War. Realizing that their system has been tampered with, military operatives arrest him. However, the computer continues to play the "game" of thermonuclear warfare without David and generates the very real threat of World War III. In an attempt to prevent global disaster, David and his girlfriend, Jennifer (Ally Sheedy), search desperately for the scientist who designed the system before the goverment computer initates a full-scale nuclear war.^A landmark of 1980s cinema, WARGAMES was keenly tuned into its time. Computers remained a relative mystery in the early 1980s, as they were used primarily by large corporations and government agencies, but not by many individuals at home. The general public had already been warned of the danger of computer takeover in 1968 with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and this paranoia grew as computers became more popular. The threat of communist takeover and nuclear war loomed large in the collective consciousness, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the cold war. Video games had become highly popular, however, and for a generation of Pac-Man and Space Invaders players WARGAMES combined the country's deepest fears with its biggest fantasies. Badham's suspenseful film brings those fears to light in an exciting, fast-paced film with a great cast (Broderick, Sheedy, John Wood, Barry Corbin, Dabney Coleman) and excellent special effects.
Plot Summary
Summary Matthew Broderick stars as David Lightman, a teenage computer whiz in the 1980s who causes an international nuclear crisis when he hacks into the U.S. Defense Department's computer system. Director John Badham's film is a finely wrought, edge-of-the-seat thriller that helped to define a generation of young video game players and computer geniuses living under the threat of nuclear war. A state-of-the art set and huge computer headquarters created an atmosphere of science fiction fantasy as well as real technological mastery.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Wouldn't you prefer a good game of chess?"--Joshua, the government computer, in response to David's (Matthew Broderick) request to play Global Thermonuclear War.
New York Times "...Entertaining....[Broderick is] very appealing..." 06/03/1983 p.C17
Variety "...A terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea for today's young audience..." 05/11/1983
John Badham
Matthew Broderick
Cast & Crew
Alan Blumenfeld - Actor
Ally Sheedy - Actor
Angelo P. Graham - Production Designer
Arthur B. Rubinstein - Original Music By
Barry Corbin - Actor
Dabney Coleman - Actor
Harold Schneider - Producer
James J. Murakami - Art Director
John Badham - Director
John Spencer - Actor
John Wood - Actor
Lawrence Lasker, et. al. - Writer
Leonard Goldberg - Executive Producer
Matthew Broderick - Actor
Michael Madsen - Actor
Tom Rolf - Editor
William A. Fraker - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 113912
UPC 00027616098764
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 114 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (1984) British Academy Awards, Willie D. Burton, et. al., Best Sound
Nominee (1984) British Academy Awards, Angelo P. Graham, Best Production Design/Art Direction,British Academy Awards, Michael L. Fink, Best Special Visual Effects,Oscar, William A. Fraker, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Michael J. Kohut, et. al., Best Sound,Oscar, Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
ReviewSource Variety
Review Although the script has more than its share of short circuits, director John Badham solders the pieces into a terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea: an extra-smart kid can get the world into a whole lot of trouble that it also takes the same extra-smart kid to rescue it from...Matthew Broderick is on the mark as the bright teenager, bored by traditional high school subjects like biology, but brilliant with computers. Unfortunately, thinking he's sneaking an advance look at a new line of video games, he taps into the country's Norad missile-defense system to challenge its computer to a game of global thermonuclear warfare...WarGames' weakness, sad to say, is that the adult side of the yarn is not peopled with very realistic characters, although the performances are fine...Ally Sheedy is perfectly perky as Broderick's girlfriend; Dabney Coleman brings his usual dissonance to the role of the computer-reliant defense specialist; but John Wood's large talents aren't fully used in a somewhat confusing part as the misanthropic eccentric who designed the computer.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Computers only do what they are programmed to do, and they will follow their programs to illogical conclusions...Sooner or later, one of these self-satisfied, sublimely confident thinking machines is going to blow us all off the face of the planet. That is the message of "WarGames," a scary and intelligent new thriller...As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke. The movie, however, could easily go wrong by bogging us down in impenetrable computerese, or by ignoring the technical details altogether and giving us a "Fail Safe" retread. "WarGames" makes neither mistake. It convinces us that it knows computers, and it makes its knowledge into an amazingly entertaining thriller..."WarGames" was directed by John Badham, best known for "Saturday Night Fever" and the current "Blue Thunder," a thriller that I found considerably less convincing on the technical level. There's not a scene here where Badham doesn't seem to know what he's doing, weaving a complex web of computerese, personalities and puzzles; the movie absorbs us on emotional and intellectual levels at the same time. And the ending, a moment of blinding and yet utterly elementary insight, is wonderful.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Broderick,Matthew
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com The movie's effect on Hollywood and the American consciousness can still be seen today.
Fred Topel, About.com Classic techno-thriller. Despite the old hardware, the concepts still hold up today.
James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page Exciting and well-paced.
Michael Booth, Denver Post As tense and effective now as it was 25 years ago.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times An amazingly entertaining thriller. A masterpiece!

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