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WarGames (3-Jun-1983)

Director: John Badham

Writers: Lawrence Lasker; Walter F. Parkes

Music by: Arthur B. Rubinstein

Producer: Harold Schneider

Keywords: Thriller, Hacking, Video Game, Cold War, Loose Nukes

Bright underachieving high school student David Lightman, trying to break into game company Protovision's computer system, instead finds WOPR, the War Operation Plan Response located at NORAD. He challenges it to a game of Global Thermonuclear War, not realizing until later that the game is real and may precipitate World War III. Received Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, and Best Sound.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Matthew Broderick
21-Mar-1962   Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Maury Chaykin
27-Jul-1949 27-Jul-2010 A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Dabney Coleman
3-Jan-1932   Moustache from 9 To 5
Barry Corbin
16-Oct-1940   Maurice Minnifield on Northern Exposure
Eddie Deezen
6-Mar-1957   Mr. Potato Head in Wargames
Michael Madsen
25-Sep-1958   Reservoir Dogs' Mr. Blonde
Ally Sheedy
13-Jun-1962   The Breakfast Club
John Spencer
20-Dec-1946 16-Dec-2005 Leo McGarry on The West Wing
James Tolkan
20-Jun-1931   Back to the Future
John Wood
5-Jul-1930 6-Aug-2011 Dr. Falken in WarGames


Matthew Broderick   ...   David
Dabney Coleman   ...   McKittrick
John Wood   ...   Falken
Ally Sheedy   ...   Jennifer
Barry Corbin   ...   Gen. Beringer
Juanin Clay   ...   Pat Healy
Kent Williams   ...   Cabot
Dennis Lipscomb   ...   Watson
Joe Dorsey   ...   Conley
Irving Metzman   ...   Richter
Michael Ensign   ...   Beringer's Aide
William Bogert   ...   Mr. Lightman
Susan Davis   ...   Mrs. Lightman
James Tolkan   ...   Wigan
David Clover   ...   Stockman
Drew Snyder   ...   Ayers
John Garber   ...   Corporal in the Infirmary
Duncan Wilmore   ...   Maj. Lem
Billy Ray Sharkey   ...   Radar Analyst
John Spencer   ...   Jerry
Michael Madsen   ...   Steve
Erik Stern   ...   Commander
Gary Bisig   ...   Deputy
Gary Sexton   ...   Technician
Jason Bernard   ...   Capt. Knewt
Frankie Hill   ...   Airman Fields
Jesse Goins   ...   Sergeant
Alan Blumenfeld   ...   Mr. Liggett
Len Lawson   ...   Boys Vice Principal
Maury Chaykin   ...   Jim Sting
Eddie Deezen   ...   Malvin
Stephen Lee   ...   Sgt. Schneider
Lucinda Crosby   ...   Nurse in Infirmary
Stack Pierce   ...   Airman
Art LaFleur   ...   Guard
Brad David Berwick   ...   Flight Pilot Leader
Martha Shaw   ...   Vice Principal's Secretary
Howie Allen   ...   Boy in Arcade
Mike Adams   ...   Travis
James Ackerman   ...   Joshua
Jim Harriott   ...   Newscaster
Tom Lawrence   ...   Sgt. Sims
Frances Nealy   ...   Visitor
Charles Akins   ...   Maj. Ford
Glenn Standifer   ...   Maj. Wenstin
Edward Jahnke   ...   NORAD Officer
Paul V. Picerni, Jr.   ...   Technician


Review by Jim Bob (posted on 23-Apr-2008)

This is a movie about the teenager David (Broderick) who hacks into the NORAD computer, and starts it playing a "game" which messes with the base's computers and makes them think that the USSR is attacking. They discover that the Soviets are not attacking and do not worry until they realize that WOPR is still going to try to launch missiles at the USSR. David teaches the computer that there is no way to win a global thermonuclear war and it ceases to "attack."

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