MGM/UA Entertainment Company | Release Date: June 3, 1983
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merijnjFeb 21, 2018
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Do you wanna play a game? This movie is really fun and explores the cold war in a funny way.
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gracjanskiFeb 10, 2021
There are some unrealistic scenes with teen super smart Matthew Broderick, so the story has some flaws sometimes.
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Kai82Jan 4, 2022
A remarkable movie that handles the dangers of the Cold War really well and I consider it as classic. I like the story, idea, characters and great climax / ending. Maybe with tensions between the USA, China and Russia it is an actual topicA remarkable movie that handles the dangers of the Cold War really well and I consider it as classic. I like the story, idea, characters and great climax / ending. Maybe with tensions between the USA, China and Russia it is an actual topic again (India and Pakistan have already erected many safety measures as they knew what is at stake). The story starts with a series of drills simulating a nuclear attack on the USA by Russia. As result it is shown that a lot of the staff at the missile silos did not follow their orders to start a counter strike. To solve this a supercomputer should be tasked to handle this situation so that no human input or better said hesitation is hindering the retaliation plans. The high school student and hacker David Lightman does know nothing about this when he hacks into the systems of a computer game company where he finds a new game he plays. With this set up the story starts. I freely admit that the start is weaker but still good. The story itself works excellent and kept me interested through the movie. Maybe it is also sometimes a bit foreseeable. However this took nothing away from my enjoyment and the final is truly something that I can recommend to everyone. The weaknesses are clearly outclassed by the strengths of the movie. I especially liked the idea and creativity here so I should praise the writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parks. The cast made this movie really enjoyable as the characters are all believe- and relatable. Lets start with Matthew Broderick as David Lightman. He was actually at the beginning of his career but shows that he is already a great actor. I praise his performance. John Wood as Dr. Falken was probably the hidden gem of the movie and a character I really enjoyed. Alla Sheedy as Jennifer Mack works also really well and I like the dynamic with David. From the support I will praise Dabney Coleman as Dr. McKittrick and especially Berry Corbin as General Beringer who is amazing. The cast works well and enhances the movie. With this I have to praise director John Bradham too as the best actors could not work when a director is failing. The sets where convincing and deliver the atmosphere. I never doubted the movie / setting. The rest was history as it became a hit, received good reviews and was well remembered. Overall this is a must see movie for me and I re-watched it a few times. Might not be for everyone and the start is slow but the strengths and good climax made it a great experience. Expand
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