By Jeff Labrecque
Updated July 25, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
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WarGames

type
  • Movie

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+

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WarGames

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG
runtime
  • 118 minutes

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