Skip to comments.War Games Coming To Theatres For Encore Round
Posted on 07/18/2008 11:13:37 AM PDT by qam1
Think of some of the movies you really want a chance to see on the big screen. The Wizard of Oz? Lawrence of Arabia? Star Wars? Would you ever, ever put War Games, the 1983 Matthew Broderick thriller, on that list? No, me neither.
But, lucky us, we will have the chance to see War Games in theaters this summeron July 24, the movie will screen for one night only in select theaters across the country, thanks to NCM Fathom, a company that specializes in special theater events. Its the 25th anniversary of the movie, and the Fathom website boasts that never-before-seen interviews will be part of the July 24 screening, along withbrace yourselvesexclusive footage from the sequel. War Games: The Dead Code appears to be one of those direct-to-video sequels starring a bunch of people youve never heard of, so I guess we can at least be thankful theyre not remaking the original. Yet.
Honestly, I like the idea of bringing back a classic movie and turning it into a one-night-only event. Not that War Games is what I immediately think of when I think classics, but its a fun movie with a lot of nostalgia power behind it that could bring 80s kids to the theaters in droves. Here in New York, outdoor screenings of movies like Back to the Future and Goonies draw huge crowds, but of course, those are free. So dig up your Matthew Broderick pinups, cue up the old Macintosh Lisa computer, and get ready to cause havoc with some of the most primitive computer technology ever seen in the movies.
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The title is “WarGames.”
The Soviet loving dupes were used by Andropov to scream and howl against the Gipper’s placement of nuclear missiles into Western Europe, where they could hit Soviet targets.
The left made movies like this back then openly implying that the dangerous US would cause or even wanted, a nuclear war. They never did admit they were wrong, and now they bring back their flawed thinking as nostalgia.
Last Friday it was Red Dawn, this Friday WarGames.
I do a really funny impression of the computer from that movie, but it doesn’t translate well non-verbally.
“Would you like to play a game?”
See, not funny. In person, a non-stop laugh riot.
You look into things too much. War Games ruled. And Ally Sheedy is hot.
Sorry Katey, it wasn’t a Mac Lisa, it was a IMSAI 8080.
Computer hackers were dangerous!
Wardialing was dangerous!
But America was the Home of the WOPR!
She didnt say it was in the movie. I have been debating going to this event....I still remember seeing the movie in the theatre in HS. (Where we had TRS 80s)
In 1979 a programmer ran a test program simulating a Soviet Nuclear Attack and forgot to take the computer off-line leaving NORAD to believe we were under attack. the threat was so real that we launch bombers and the "Dooms Day" plane took off before NORAD figured out it was not real. After that date, NORAD built a separate facility with identical computers that were not linked to the rest of the defense network to run test and war games on.
November 9, 1979: Computer Exercise Tape
At 8:50 a.m. on November 9, 1979, duty officers at 4 command centers (NORAD HQ, SAC Command Post, The Pentagon National Military Command Center, and the Alternate National Military Command Center) all saw on their displays a pattern showing a large number of Soviet Missiles in a full scale attack on the U.S.A. During the next 6 minutes emergency preparations for retaliation were made. A number of Air Force planes were launched, including the President's National Emergency Airborne Command Post, though without the President! The President had not been informed, perhaps because he could not be found. ( To be fair, it was Carter and the Military figured 'why bother')
No attempt was made to use the hot line either to ascertain the Soviet intentions or to tell the Soviets the reasons for U.S. actions. This seems to me to have been culpable negligence. The whole purpose of the "Hot Line" was to prevent exactly the type of disaster that was threatening at that moment.
With commendable speed, NORAD was able to contact PAVE PAWS early warning radar and learn that no missiles had been reported. Also, the sensors on the satellites were functioning that day and had detected no missiles. In only 6 minutes the threat assessment conference was terminated.
The reason for the false alarm was an exercise tape running on the computer system. U.S. Senator Charles Percy happened to be in NORAD HQ at the time and is reported to have said there was absolute panic. A question was asked in Congress. The General Accounting Office conducted an investigation, and an off-site testing facility was constructed so that test tapes did not in the future have to be run on a system that could be in military operation
I’d love to see old movies on the big screen again as they were intended. The problem is that the care and attention cinematographers/directors invest in images all but disappear when their work is projected at the local multiplex. Prints tend to be crappy and poorly projected. Also, I swear most multiplex theater projection systems are not throwing out enough candlepower for the distance...but maybe I’m wrong.
There is an article in WIRED stating Reagan liked the movie....so did NORAD.
She was a cutie.
WarGames was stupid. I’d rather see “The Right Stuff” which can out at the same time.
well, they arent showing a print...it is a digital screening, which means the images are coming via broadband. Not sure what kind of master they have....maybe they are using the WOPR to send it.
It is $10 + $1 surcharge in Burbank
WarGames 25th Anniversary
Fathom and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios are proud to present WarGames back on the big screen after 25 years. Dont miss this one-night-only event in select movie theatres nationwide on Thursday, July 24th at 7:30PM (local).
The event will include never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew on how the movie was ahead of its time and its relevance today. Additionally, only at this one night event, get a sneak peek at the making of the sequel WarGames: The Dead Code.
Movie synopsis: Computer hacker David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and master even the most difficult computer games. But when he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department’s war computer, he initiates a confrontation of global proportions World War III! Together with his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (Tony Award® winner John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent... and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.
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Coll! I don’t think Dabney Coleman has been up on the big screen for decades!
I meant, “Cool!” not “Coll!” I guess my enthusiasm for all things Dabney Coleman got the best of me.
That movie made at home hacking popular.
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