War Games

Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defense 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 (
i Saturday Night Fever
i0 ) directs in strict potboiler mode. Kids still like this movie, though. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, theatrical trailer, Dolby sound, director commentary, optional English, French and Spanish subtitles.
i --Tom Keogh

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title: War Games
theatricalDate: 03-06-1983
stars: Matthew Broderick
Dabney Coleman
John Wood
Ally Sheedy
Barry Corbin
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: MGM (Video & DVD)
published: 29-04-1998
price: $14.98
net Rating: 4.5
MPAA Rating: PG
minutes: 113
last lookup time: 204001888
genre: 10-12 Years
Family Films
Race Against Time
World War II
fullTitle: War Games
features: Closed-captioned
director: John Badham
currentValue: $4.99
created: 204001888
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: 0792838467