Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Emmys 2017
Every unforgettable moment, every gorgeous dress.Click here

Article

WarGames

Posted on

WarGames

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
118 minutes
performer:
Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin, John Wood
genre:
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a B+

Broderick couldn’t type. Sheedy had never even seen a computer. And all but one studio rejected the ”technologically dense story” of WarGames‘ teen cybergeek who nearly triggers WWIII when he hacks into a U.S. missile-defense computer. Today, the technology is a comic relic — Broderick’s IMSAI PC seems as cumbersome as NORAD’s WOPR computer. But the film is a nostalgic delight. New docs, like a generous 45-minute retrospective, expand upon clues dropped in the 1998 DVD release: After shooting began, director Martin Brest’s vision was deemed too dark and he was replaced by John Badham; co-writer Walter F. Parkes initially hoped the reclusive genius (John Wood) would be played by John Lennon. Appropriate for a Cold War pic that pleaded to give peace a chance. B+