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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. <br> <br> 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 gener...
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CastDabney Coleman
DirectorJohn Badham
Release Date:  1983
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (June 10, 2008)
Runtime:  1hr 54min
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review by . July 30, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Damn computer     Cons: Damn computer     Played off as a generally simple movie one wonders with all that is going on in computer land what is truth and what is folly. I actually enjoyed this movie even with its' unbelievable scenes of Matthew Broderick being dumped into the ‘war room' to defy the military and take on WOPR.      How enjoyable it is to see these actors at the beginning of their careers and reflect on how far they …
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