- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 10, 2008
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Mono - Spanish
- Stereo - English
Disc 1: WARGAMES - Theatrical Presentation
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: John Badham - Director; Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes - Screenwriters
Disc 2: WARGAMES - Supplemental Material
- Additional Release Material:
- "Attack of the Hackers"
- "Tic Tac Toe: A True Story"
- "Loading WarGames"
- "Inside NORAD: Cold War Fortress"
- Sneak Peek at WARGAMES 2: THE DEAD CODE
- Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Menues - Interactive Superpower Weapons Briefing Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Wouldn't you prefer a good game of chess'"
- Joshua, the government computer, in response to David's (Matthew Broderick) request to play Global Thermonuclear War.
New York Times - 06/03/1983
"...Entertaining....[Broderick is] very appealing..."
Variety - 05/11/1983
"...A terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea for today's young audience..."
Total Film - 01/31/2013
4 stars out of 5 -- "What keeps it remarkably fresh is an unpatronising approach to what is ostensibly a kids' thriller..."
Matthew Broderick stars as David Lightman, a teenage computer whiz in the 1980s who causes an international nuclear crisis when he hacks into the U.S. Defense Department's computer system. Director John Badham's film is a finely wrought, edge-of-the-seat thriller that helped to define a generation of young video game players and computer geniuses living under the threat of nuclear war. A state-of-the art set and huge computer headquarters created an atmosphere of science fiction fantasy as well as real technological mastery.
Essential Cinema |
Family (General) |
Nuclear Destruction |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: June 3, 1983.
- The exteriors were all filmed in western Washington state. The NORAD HQ set was built in the Cascades, and the Oregon airport was really a Boeing field. Goose Island is really Anderson Island in Washington (in the Southern part of the Puget Sound). The last ferry off the island really was at 6:30 in the evening, and visitors were really stuck there if they missed it.
- The NORAD Command center built for the movie was the most expensive set ever constructed at that time, built at the cost of one million dollars. The producers were not allowed into the actual NORAD command center, so they had to imagine its interior.
- WARGAMES was Matthew Broderick's first feature film.
- Although she had appeared in many television movies, WARGAMES was also Ally Sheedy's first feature film.
- In the movie, Broderick's character hacks into his high school computer system and changes his grades. His character performs that same feat in FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF.
- The studio had Galaga and Galaxian machines delivered to Broderick at home, where he practiced for two months to prepare for the arcade scene.
Director John Badham actually took over the film from Martin Brest. A few of Brest's scenes remain in the final film.
- Kevin Costner turned down the lead role for a part in THE BIG CHILL, which was eventually cut.