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Wargames [VHS] [1983]

Matthew Broderick , Ally Sheedy , John Badham    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 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: PAL, Full Screen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 1 April 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJ7H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a young computer whizz who hacks into what he believes is a new line of video games, little knowing that it is in fact NORAD, America's defence program. He inadvertently creates a hostile global situation, placing the world on the brink of nuclear war. Together with his girlfriend Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and a misanthropic computer expert (John Wood), David must fight to prevent an atomic meltdown.

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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, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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17 of 17 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wargames reviewed 20 Oct 2009
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I remember the day my father took me to the cinema to see this movie. Several months before going to see it I was very fortunate to have been bought a Commodore 64 computer (ask your parents) by my parents as a birthday present. My young mind was full of possibilities after seeing that movie, I recall standing in the foyer of the cinema after the screening talking to other kids around the same age as myself at that time (15 y/o) and fantasizing about what we could do with our computers! This was I suppose the first ever movie to cover the issue of "hacking" whereby you gain access to another computer system illegally. This was long before the advent of the Internet as we know it today. It was a era when these issues were only dreams and fantasies of admirers of technology back then. One thing was for sure, I never looked at a computer in the same light again. The performances of the main characters David & Jennifer (Broderick & Sheedy) were quite believable back then. I suppose there was a lot of virgin technology that the characters had to get to grips with making the fluent dialogue sound quite realistic. Mathew Broderick was only 19 years of age when appearing in Wargames and just fitted the part of the computer nerd perfectly. If this is your kind of film you may also be interested in these titles: "Battle Beyond the Stars" and "The Last Star Fighter" both of which I have been able to buy on Amazon bringing the memories of my childhood on to my home cinema system today. Great movie for it's time.
Yours Kevin Burke from Glasgow Scotland UK
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original W.O.P.P.E.R. 20 Sep 2005
By bernie VINE VOICE
This tale is a whopper in more ways than one. All you have to do is suspend any type of belief in reality and it is a lot of fun trying to outguess the next move. Even after you have seen it a million times you will find your self kibitzing "look look look it is still running." And what is Joshua doing at the back door?

A teenager, David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) that is too tech savvy for his own good is searching for the new game on the net. He stumbles into the NORAD mainframe evidently it was DARPA/net. For those with a short lifespan DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was the precursor to the internet. We all know what happens when you do this. Yep, now David with the help if his teenage sweetie, Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) must worm his way into NORAD and stop the game or we are toast.

An added plus is watching the technological changes and realizing that is someone of today's generation watched this they would not recognize 5" floppies or acoustic couplers.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film that could have been a classic 26 Aug 2014
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Seeing this again, 30 years later, I’m of two minds. There’s still a lot to enjoy in this slightly Disney version of an end-of-the-world thriller. There’s a lot of clever twists in the plot, some lovely performances, some real tension.

But it also all feels a bit light and softened to make it more audience friendly. That was probably the right decision commercially, but maybe not artistically. If original director Martin Brest had been allowed to finish the film, with the somewhat darker original script I read back then, I wonder if this could have been a bit of a minor classic, in the family of great nuclear war films like Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe, instead of an entertaining, intelligent thrill ride. There are also, on reflection some big logic holes you could fly missiles through.

But at the end of the day, I still enjoyed re-seeing it, smiling a good deal of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but still great!
Quite old, but still great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie
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Published 21 days ago by R. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars where r the advertised extras?
says it has a few featurettes on it but goes straight into film with no menu.tried updating my blu ray players firmware but this did not help. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dean hedges
3.0 out of 5 stars I was glad I watched it
I remembered the film being more exciting somehow, still, I was glad I watched it again
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars glad I decided to look back
Though from the 80's still very much relevant, and though the computers are from when I learned about them (big green screens, dial up networking) this does not disturb as the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Dalhuijsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old school 80's film
Great old school even better than i remembered the film to be
Published 2 months ago by jimbo77
3.0 out of 5 stars Film: good - Sale: NOT!
Did not contain Danish subtitles as advertised!
Published 3 months 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 3 months ago by Janine Ashley
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