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7.11 h 52 min1983X-Ray12
A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top-secret super-computer, which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Now the kid has to convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing.
John Badham
Ally SheedyJohn WoodBarry Corbin
SuspenseScience FictionActionDrama
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2382 global ratings

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D. MilneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 February 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still holds up.
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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.
16 people found this helpful
Isabel UReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 June 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic 80s movie
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This was a movie I had forgotten about, until a random comment reminded me of it. I searched for it on Amazon, found it at a good price, ordered & it arrived very quickly, exactly as described. Very happy & we had a very good Saturday night in watching a blast from the past.
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bob burnsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A spectacularly entertaining film
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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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Scaroth, Last of the JagarothReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Let's go crazy!
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There was a time when Matthew Broderick was Hollywood's go-to guy for charming teenage reprobates, and he seemed a ubiquitous presence on the big screen when I was an adolescent. Ally Sheedy was another of the unofficial `brat-packers' who was regularly cast as `kooky girl next door', a role she plays with aplomb here, as she and Broderick's character David proceed to embark upon a mischievous attempt to hack into a computer game designer's account, in the process inadvertently triggering what seems to be an imminent nuclear war between Russia and the USA.
Once the initial premise has been delivered, the film becomes all about David's attempts to escape the military compound where he is inexplicably taken after his hacking has been discovered. A race against time to track down the computer's reclusive creator tells the story of the second half of the movie, and the denouement is fairly standard. Overall then this is a daft but amusing creation by director John Badham, and a nostalgic treat for those of us who grew-up with Broderick's impish slacker in those halcyon days of 80s teen dramas.
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Kezia UrchReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 August 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
80's classic
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Mainly this is one of my favourite films because of nostagia. It is a very well made film and has excellent acting, cast, direction etc, etc, but the obvious flaws lie in the technological gulf between the 80's and today (2012). For me the old computers and equipment are a hazy hark back to the carefree days post mobile phones, social networking and when there were only 4 tv channels. Today it stands as a filmic stepping stone as opposed to groundbreaking but I suppose that at the time the technology was state of the art.

But then the film itself is extremely good. This was a well made action (ish) thriller blockbuster. Yes at times it seems a little too easy for Matthew Broderick's David to escape from high security govt installations but it was more of a romp than a true expose' of the times. But it was a precursor to such films as most of anything Shia Leboef has been in, as the geeky underdog wins the day. And Joshua as a character is also extremely well realised, even today.

A sub-classic of sorts, and one I will always watch fondly. But it's probably only for those who grew up in the 80s.
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Lizzie5050Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
80s nostalgia
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This was one of my Sons favourite movies of the '80s so purchased this for my young grandsons, unfortunately they didn’t have the same enthusiasm for it now but I still loved watching it with them.
jj_506Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this film.
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A simple premise. I enjoyed this film when it first came out and can enjoy it endlessly.
Simpler times at the height of cold War paranoia. Wonderfully acted.
Backroom BoyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A must for WarGames fans
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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 including one about the making of the film and interviews with the cast and writers, plus a WarGames screensaver. Only downside is the case is pretty flimsy, and it won't play on some UK DVD players because of the region code - although ripping all the contents into AVI files I could play on my PC worked without a hitch. If you love WarGames you will love this edition.
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