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John Badham

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Plot Summary

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

Great movie - terrible price!

I love this movie!!! But c'mon iTunes - you're really going to charge 9.99 for a 25 year old film that you can get on DVD for $5?? No thanks, I'll pass.


great movie!!!if only the price was lower.seriously,this movie is too old to be priced at 9.99 people.


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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