WarGames

"Extraordinary"

WarGames Review


With the enormous selection of crummy techno-paranoia movies on video shelves these days (The Net, Virtuosity, and Hackers are among more recent titles), the discriminating viewer will eschew a flashy cover or a big star and rent one of the classics. Not only was WarGames the first film to tap into fears about the dangers of technology at the hands of mad geniuses, but it's easily the best as well. It's also the movie that put Broderick and Sheedy on cinema's map, and the picture was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1983, including one for Walter Parkes and Lawrence Lasker's brilliant screenplay. At the time, WarGames also sparked an almost inconceivable interest in computer hacking among our juvenile intelligencia (I was one of them), and the movie's effect on Hollywood and the American consciousness can still be seen today. While these days, Microsoft is a more frightening reality than lone hacker-types, the resonant phrase "Shall we play a game?" still retain its power.


WarGames

Facts and Figures

Run time: 114 mins

In Theaters: Friday 3rd June 1983

Box Office Worldwide: $74M

Budget: $12M

Distributed by: MGM

Production compaines: Sherwood, The Leonard Goldberg Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), United Artists

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 35 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as David Lightman, as Dr. John McKittrick, as Jennifer Katherine Mack, as Dr. Stephen Falken, as General Jack Beringer, Juanin Clay as Pat Healy, Kent Williams as Arthur Cabot, as Lyle Watson, Joe Dorsey as Col. Joe Conley, Irving Metzman as Paul Richter, Michael Ensign as Beringer's Aide, William Bogert as Mr. Lightman, Susan Davis as Mrs. Lightman, as Nigan, David Clover as Stockman, Drew Snyder as Ayers, John Garber as Corporal in the Infirmary, Duncan Wilmore as Major Lem, Billy Ray Sharkey as Radar Analyst, as Jerry, as Steve, Erik Stern as Commander, Gary Bisig as Deputy, Gary Sexton as Technician, as Captain Knewt, Frankie Hill as Airman Fields, Jesse D. Goins as Sergeant (as Jesse Goins), Alan Blumenfeld as Mr. Liggett, Len Lawson as Boys Vice Principal, as Jim Sting, as Malvin


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