It A Game, Or Is It Real?
Computer hacker David Lightman (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 (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.
A Masterpiece ! - Roger Ebert.
Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Ally Sheedy (The
Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with
action, suspense and high-tech adventures! Featuring superb
performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is
brilliant...funny...and provocative" (New York) - a
Beringer. Barry portrays the commander of the NORAD defense
system who is skeptical about computer control. Pitted against a computer advocate from the Defense Department
(played by Dabney Coleman), Corbin's General Beringer is quite the
opposite of the mad general played
by Sterling Hayden in the 1963 version of Armageddon found in
"Dr. Strangelove." Even as he barks orders inside the
NORAD command center during a World War III alert, Beringer
throws over the military stereotype, erring on the side of
considered the part of Beringer a good opportunity to play a
general officer who was not a fool and who was not a villain. I
think General Beringer starts out with people assuming he's
gonna be some kind of tobacco-chewin' redneck monster. By the
end of the picture, hopefully, people will like him and decide
that he's not such a bad guy after all."
on his famous adlib:
First of all I’m glad you liked the sparkplug line - I threw
that in there because I really had my cousin do that when we
were kids. He didn’t think it was quite as funny as you did!
2. " I had heard that John Badham (the director of War
Games) had mentioned that line in the DVD version, but he didn't
use me in his last picture, a western called 'The Jack Bull'! I
guess my brilliant writing went for naught! "
GENERAL BERINGER : Gentlemen, we've had men in these silos
since before any of you were watching Howdy Doody (chuckles).
For myself, I sleep pretty well at night knowing those boys
are down there.
GENERAL BERINGER : Gentlemen, I wouldn't trust this overgrown
pile of microchips any further than I could throw it. And I
don't know if you want to trust the safety of our country to
some silicon diode.
GENERAL BERINGER : Conley, take us off full alert. Hold at
DEFCON 4 till we find out exactly WHAT IN THE HELL'S HAPPENING
(To Pat) I didn't tell you to cut the line! Did I tell you to
cut the line? You cut the line! Sir, they shut down before we
could complete our trace!
PAT : We
did manage to locate the original area where the transmission
GENERAL BERINGER : Where?
SHUT IT DOWN!
GENERAL BERINGER : Somebody's playing a game with us.
WIGAN : The
kid claims he was looking for a toy company.
BERINGER : (Chuckles) That's great! Anybody in here buy that
: We can find the password and take it out, but it might help
to beef up security around the WOPR.
GENERAL BERINGER : Oh, beef up, huh? How about screwed up? We
did all that and he broke in again.
CONLEY : Sir,
the Soviets are denying any increase in their submarine
deployment. They want to know what the hell we've doing
GENERAL BERINGER : They're full of shit. We know they're down
there. I'm gonna blow their ass out of the water.
GENERAL BERINGER : (Speaking on the telephone) Mr. President,
we've got 48 nuclear subs closing on the United States and
we've got 100,000 soviet troops massing in East Germany and
we're monitoring their bombers that are in alert...Yes, sir --
OH, THAT'S A LOAD OF SHIT! -- Oh, no, no, no, sir. Not you.
Yes sir, we'll be in touch as soon as the information changes.
GENERAL BERINGER : What does WOPR recommend, Mr. McKittrick?
: Full-scale retaliatory strike.
GENERAL BERINGER : (Chuckles) I need some machine to tell me
: General, the machine has locked us out and is sending random
numbers to the silos.
PAT : It's trying to hit the codes to launch the missiles.
BERINGER : Just unplug the GODDAMN thing! Jesus Christ!
: That won't work, General. It would interpret a shutdown as
the destruction of NORAD. The computers in the silos would
carry out their last instructions and launch.
BERINGER : Can't we disarm the missiles?
Over a thousand of them? There's no time. At this rate it'll
hit the launch codes in 5.3 minutes.
GENERAL BERINGER : Mr. McKittrick? After very careful
consideration, sir, I've come to the conclusion that your new
defense system sucks.
DAVID : If he
wants to play a game, then play it! Have it listed games!
: Stephen, for Christ's sake!
JENNIFER : No, let him! He's played it before.
He can hardly do worse than you have, John.
GENERAL BERINGER : GOD DAMN IT! I'd piss on a sparkplug if I
thought it'd do any good! Let the boy in there, Major.
as David Lightman.
Dabney Coleman as
John Wood as
Ally Sheedy as
as General Beringer.
Juanin Clay as
Kent Williams as
Joe Dorsey as
Irving Metzman as
- El Segundo High
School, El Segundo, California.
- Cheyenne Mountain
Complex, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Anderson Island,
- Lake Chelan,
- Boeing Field,
Seattle, Washington State.
- Westchester High
School, Los Angeles, California.
audio commentary by
director John Badham and writers Lawrence
and Walter F. Parkes.
- New Dolby Digital
- Trivia and
- Interactive Menus.
- Scene Access.
version. Theatrical release format.
- English, French
and Spanish language subtitles.