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John Badham

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About the Movie

A teenager, bored by traditional high school subjects like biology but fascinated by computers, accidentally taps into the Pentagon's top-secret computer...the USA's NORAD system. He starts what he innocently believes is a computer game called "Global Thermonuclear War," but the "game" is real. The Pentagon's best minds cannot shut down or reprogram the supercomputer that is readying a missile attack against the USSR, and thereby unleash Armageddon. The teen and his girlfriend attempt to aid the helpless Pentagon and, in a frantic race against a ticking "doomsday clock," try to persuade the computer to end the "game."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: John Badham solders the pieces into a terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea: an extra-smart kid can get the world into a whole lot of trouble that it also takes the same extra-smart kid to rescue it from. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 30, 2013

Fresh: As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: To me, the most enjoyable aspect of WarGames is when David is at work on his computer system. There's something wonderfully nostalgic about watching a guy play with such antiquated machinery and recognize that it was [once] considered state-of-the-art. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jul 30, 2013

Fresh: Classic humanist-didactic filmmaking, effectively presented as a thriller. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jul 30, 2013

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Customer Reviews

An 80's classic

One of my all time favorites. Its got it all teen rebellion, computers, hackers, and nuclear war. Seeing the use of the 5 1/4 floppy in the movie takes me back. This is a great addition to the iTunes line up. I only wish they had more 80's classics.

Shall We Play a Game?

An instant classic! Deserves my five stars!!!


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU APPLE FOR ADDING THIS MOVIE! This is one of my favorite movies. Though I never saw it in theatres, when my history teacher showed it in class while we were studying the cold war I have taken every opportunity to see this movie for free. Now I'm gonna get it for my iPod!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1983

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