DVD - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he's smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in WarGames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadverently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, "Global Thermonuclear War". What we know, but Broderick doesn't, is that the Pentagon, hoping to eliminate the chancy "human element" in the event of an actual war, has given its computer total, irreversable control over the launching of nuclear weaponry. Broderick and government official Dabney Coleman race against time to reverse the computer's resolve to send bombers to Russia.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, MGM Home Entertainment,, [2008]
Edition: 25th anniversary edition
Copyright Date: ©1983
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC WAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, mono, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Alternative Title: War games


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

Oct 11, 2017

A very good movie coming out of the 80's! About a good hour and a half of an under achiever hacking a government supercomputer with incompetent government employees scrambling to fix the issue of world annihilation.

Sep 26, 2016

So this is the teen fantasy romp that inspired a generation of hackers and moved the American congress to revamp the “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” of 1984? Hard to believe given it’s inane script whose schlocky “What If?” scenario relies more on audience gullibility and flashy sets than actual tension. Accompanied by an overdone Indiana Jones style musical score director John Badham has his geeky protagonist pull a few too many rabbits out of his slacker butt to allow for much suspension of disbelief—he escapes from the most highly locked-down site in North America using nothing but a pair of forceps and a tape recorder for one—and then he tries to turn an already overwrought finale into some sort of moral proclamation as man and machine realize that atomic warfare is just plain bad. Broderick and Sheedy’s characters are neither convincing nor particularly likeable and the rest of the crew look like they just stepped out of a television sitcom. With neither the cynical wit of "Dr. Strangelove" nor the fatalistic horror of "Colossus: The Forbin Project" this is little more than a dummied down adolescent thriller aimed directly at the 80’s bubblegum crowd. To its credit though it did herald the rising power of home computers and it made me smile to watch Broderick shuffling 8-inch floppies as if they were the pinnacle of technology (which they were….alas!).

Dec 15, 2015

It just doesn't get any stupider than this. LOL

Sep 01, 2014

The tech is now way outdated, but somehow there is still a core of th story that works. See it with "Dr. Strangelove." "Strange game. The only winning move is, not to play."

Jan 11, 2014

A classic both in the anti-nuke/war sense, and the hacker genre. An insanely great film, with a great start and colossal ending.

aaa5756 Sep 05, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

Mar 05, 2010

Ferris Beuller Hacks The Feds. Enjoyable story, just look they other way when they talk computerese.


Add a Quote
laustcawz Mar 16, 2013

Falken: "Did you ever play 'tic-tac-toe'?" Jennifer: "Yeah, of course." Falken: "...but you don't anymore." Jennifer: "No." Falken: "Why?" Jennifer: "It's a boring game. It's always a tie." Falken: "Exactly! There's no way to win. The game itself is pointless."

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

Actually, that's "You are listening to a machine. Do the world a favor...".

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at FVRL

To Top