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Wargames [DVD] [1983]

Matthew Broderick , Ally Sheedy , John Badham    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Lawrence Lasker, Walon Green, Walter F. Parkes
  • Producers: Bruce McNall, Harold Schneider, Leonard Goldberg, Richard Hashimoto
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT7C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defence system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film's set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc. John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) directs in strict potboiler mode. Children still like this movie, though. --Tom Keogh,

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio and subtitles. 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. more

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 13 Dec 2002
By Andrew
This movie is a classic, a must own for all the "computer people". It's the Nostradamus of computer movies. It talks about hacking at a time where the internet was science fiction and the average computer was half as powerfull as a Game Boy. It has some old school phreaking (tampering phone lines) in there as well but all information is just of historical value. All the things that you see in the movie is a common thing of todays computers, like speech, but when you watch this film have in mind that it was produced in 1983! It's also the movie that inspired programmers to write War Dialers (well known type of software among todays crackers used to find phone lines connected to computers). If you are not interested in classics and historical values but you want some computer action try something like "Hackers", "SWORDFISH" and "Antitrust". But if you are interested in classics also check "Tron".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 80s 22 Feb 2010
I have to disagree with the Amazon review:

"After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc."

You have to remember this film was brought out during the cold war and the era of the ZX Spectrum. Square blobs on a screen were impressive enough, but the idea of playing out multi-screen global nuclear war was enough to blow any 13 year old's mind at the time. This was combined with the fact that the computer software in question was named after the programmer's dead son and played the same kind of games, tic-tac-toe, that a child would. So, the final scene is not just about flashing lights, it's about a father teaching his son about life and the futility of war - and in so doing teaching every adult present in the US Army bunker the same lesson. This amounts to a very tense and touching finale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacularly entertaining film 15 May 2014
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It may be an old film now but its still a cracking good story that has stood the test of time very well.We are so used to computers now that its a bit easy to forget we didn't always have pcs,we may have had some sorts of computers but nothing like we have now so its a gentle reminder of how far we have progressed in technology.The U.S. DO play wargames,as do the Russians,as did we when we were a significant nuclear power.Now we are but a shadow of our former slightly aggressive and distinctly prickly selves,its somewhat reassuring to know that such wargames are practised by the one power in the world that is not totally without honour,they do at least have the sense to put themselves first and to hell with trying to please everyone,its a damn shame we don't have the courage to follow suit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up. 3 Feb 2013
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This was one of my favourite movies of the '80s, but which I had somehow neglected adding to my DVD collection until now. I expected to find it juvenile, and rather naive regarding technology, but in fact found that it still holds up surprisingly well as a thriller. I had no problem believing in any of the characters or their motivations. I enjoyed it so much that I watched it again with a friend the following evening, both of us enjoying a bit of movie nostalgia.

Listening to the excellent commentary even answered one of my old minor objections to the movie: you see I was then (and still am) a computer programmer. I could see that most of his equipment was years obsolete even when the movie came out, but the commentary pointed out that this was deliberate, after all this was a schoolkid - no income, so all his kit was hand-me-downs that others were throwing away.

My personal standard for a 5 star movie is, will I still want to be watching this in a few decades time? Since this movie has already met that test the score must be automatic! So 5 stars it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyable and awesome on bluray 31 Aug 2012

Region Code; A only (will not work on standard UK players)
Full Widescreen 1:85:1 (full use of your screen)
Audio; DTS HD MA 5.1

To appriceiate this movie you would've needed to see it the year it came out, the worlds changed...alot, and so has the way we make movies, I seen this on VHS when it was released on video in the mid eighties and it was amazing....kind of lost it's qualities abit but for me it was a great watch especially as it's now in full HD!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT Anamorphic!! A great movie though. 20 Mar 2010
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The 2001 MGM Home Entertainment issue for Region 2 is not anamorphic, so you will get a letterboxed display if viewing on a widescreen TV. Even the 2008 UK release is the same! You will need to get the 2008 25th Anniversary Fox edition to enjoy the movie in widescreen with full resolution without bars.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still worth watching. 20 Jun 2004
When this movie was released it was very up to date with the technology it featured. In this day of laptop computers and internet access to mobile phones it certainly looks dated but put that aside and you are still left with a really good movie with a plot idea that still works today.
The story revolves around an underachieving, bored teenager (played by a very young Matthew Broderick) whose main interest in life is his computer. From his bedroom he can alter his school grades, reserve flights, download software, all by hacking into other computers. While searching for new games from a software company he comes across a set of titles he assumes are games and decides, with his girlfriend, to play Global Thermonuclear War. Unfortunatly it isn't a software company he has hacked into but a military system and he is playing against NORAD's computer. When the realisation hits that the NORAD computer, when it's turn comes round, will launch atomic missiles for real the race is on the stop the game.
This is still a gripping film that can still raise the tension levels even after several viewings. Great stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Film: good - Sale: NOT!
Did not contain Danish subtitles as advertised!
Published 29 days ago by Henrik Kristensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Bought this as a gift. It's a very good movie. There was no problem with having it delivered to a different address
Published 1 month ago by Janine Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
I thoroughly enjoyed the film - good acting, good story and most entertaining I would be pleased to recommend this film .
Published 2 months ago by Lincs lass
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for WarGames fans
WarGames is one of my all time favourite movies, so I was delighted to find this version. For a few pounds you get the movie, the director's commentary, several documentaries... Read more
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Ahhh this is a film from my past when a computer was almost the size of your bedroom a young man brakes into NORADS computer via a back door and wants to play computer games... Read more
Published 4 months ago by clive h
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Matthew Broderick's Best Roles
Excellent movie and picture quality, format his 1.85:1 that fills all the screen without the black stripes up and down and it has legends in Portuguese; also I like the new cover... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paulo Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars "Greetings Professor Falken" !
Always loved this film from 1983, Purchased it to replace my corrupted DVD. Typical nuclear war type film from that "CND" era. Cant get better than this :D
Published 4 months ago by Mr Richard Alsop
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Even after 30 years this is still a very enjoyable film with a convincing performance by Broderick ably assisted by the rest of the cast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dunnock
3.0 out of 5 stars very good
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Published 5 months ago by Cambria
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films.
Excellent DVD, see it first time round on TV but just had to own the DVD Lets just hope that it never ever happens in real life.
Published 5 months ago by Davyboy
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