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"Is it a Game, Or is it Real?"
|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.|
"Classic techno-thriller. Despite the old hardware, the concepts still hold up today. Fred Topel, About.com
"Exciting and well-paced. James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"As tense and effective now as it was 25 years ago. Michael Booth, Denver Post
"An amazingly entertaining thriller. A masterpiece! Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Editor's NoteIn 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.
Cast & Crew
|Angelo P. Graham - Production Designer|
|Arthur B. Rubinstein - Original Music By|
|Harold Schneider - Producer|
|James J. Murakami - Art Director|
|John Badham - Director|
|Lawrence Lasker, et. al. - Writer|
|Leonard Goldberg - Executive Producer|
|Tom Rolf - Editor|
|William A. Fraker - Cinematographer|
Plot SummaryMatthew 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.
|British Academy Awards, Willie D. Burton, et. al., Best Sound|
|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|
|"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.|