WarGames

WarGames is a 1983 American Cold War science fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and Ally Sheedy. The film follows David Lightman (Broderick), a young hacker who unwittingly accesses WOPR (War Operation Plan Response), a United States military supercomputer originally programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. Lightman gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, believing it to be a computer game. The computer, now tied into the nuclear weapons control system and unable to tell the difference between simulation and reality, attempts to start World War III. The film was a box office success, costing $12 million and grossing $79 million after five months in the United States and Canada. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards. A sequel, WarGames: The Dead Code, was released direct to DVD in 2008.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Metacritic:
77
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
PG
Year:
1983
114
3,988 Views

Stephen Falken:
[looking at screens] How far's he gone?

McKittrick:
Well, the President about ready to order a counter-strike. That's what we're recommending he do.

Stephen Falken:
It's a bluff, John, call it off.

McKittrick:
No, it's not a bluff. It's real.

Stephen Falken:
[raising his voice from stairs] Hello, General Beringer! Stephen Falken!

General Beringer:
[standing] Mr. Falken you picked a hell of a day for a visit!

Stephen Falken:
Uh, uh, General, what you see on these screens up here is a fantasy; a computer-enhanced hallucination. Those blips are not real missiles. They're phantoms.

McKittrick:
Jack, there's nothing to indicate a simulation at all. Everything is working perfectly!

Stephen Falken:
But does it make any sense?

General Beringer:
Does what make any sense?

Stephen Falken:
[points to the screens] That!

General Beringer:
Look, I don't have time for a conversation right now.

Stephen Falken:
General, are you prepared to destroy the enemy?

General Beringer:
You betcha!

Stephen Falken:
Do you think they know that?

General Beringer:
I believe we've made that clear enough.

Stephen Falken:
Then don't! Tell the President to ride out the attack.

Colonel Conley:
Sir, they need a decision.

Stephen Falken:
General, do you really believe that the enemy would attack without provocation, using so many missiles, bombers, and subs so that we would have no choice but to totally annihilate them?

Female Airman First Class:
[on loudspeaker] One minute and thirty seconds to impact.

Stephen Falken:
General, you are listening to a machine! Do the world a favor and don't act like one.

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