Plot – David has a great passion: the computer. He uses it for everything, as well as to raise his and his friend Jennifer's poor school marks. One day he connects with Joshua, a Defense employee who invites him to play a nuclear war game. David, ignoring the man's real identity, accepts the challenge but soon he realizes he has to stop playing because he understands Joshua wants to undermine the entire defense system. David is arrested by the FBI and in vain tries to explain that he isn't a spy, meanwhile the computer is preparing to launch a lot of missiles.
All actors – Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, Barry Corbin, Juanin Clay, Kent Williams, Dennis Lipscomb, Joe Dorsey, Irving Metzman, Michael Ensign, William Bogert, Susan Davis, James Tolkan, David Clover, Drew Snyder, John Garber, Duncan Wilmore, Billy Ray Sharkey, John Spencer, Michael Madsen, Erik Stern, Gary Bisig, Gary Sexton, Jason Bernard, Frankie Hill, Jesse D. Goins, Alan Blumenfeld, Len Lawson, Maury Chaykin, Eddie Deezen, Stephen Lee, Lucinda Crosby, Stack Pierce, Art LaFleur, Brad David, Martha Shaw, Howie Allen, Michael Adams, James Ackerman, Jim Harriott, Tom Lawrence, Frances E. Nealy, Charles Akins, Glenn Standifer, Edward Jahnke, Paul V. Picerni Jr., William H. Macyshow all
“WarGames” Quotes 26 quotes
“- Stephen Falken: The whole point was to find a way to practicenuclear war without destroying ourselves. To get the computers to learn from mistakes we couldn't afford to make. Except, I never could get Joshua to learn the most important lesson.
- David Lightman: What's that?
- Stephen Falken: Futility. That there's a time when you should just...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Stephen Falken: Are either of you paleontologists? I'm in desperate need of a paleontologist.
- Jennifer: No, we're high school students.
- Stephen Falken: Pity.”
“- Joshua: I should reach Defcon 1 and release my missiles in 28 hours. Would you like to see some projected kill ratios?
- David Lightman: 69% of the housing destroyed. 72 million people dead. Is this a game or is it real?
- Joshua: What's the difference?”
“- General Beringer: Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I've come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.
- McKittrick: I don't have to take that, you pig-eyed sack of shit.
- General Beringer: Oh, I was hoping for something a little better than that from you, sir. A man of your education.”
“- 1st Lieutenant Steve Phelps: That's not the correct procedure...
- Captain Jerry Lawson: Screw the procedure, I want somebody on the goddamn phone before I kill 20 million people!”
“- Stephen Falken: I've planned ahead. We're just three miles from a primary target. A millisecond of brilliant light and we're vaporized. Much more fortunate than millions who wander sightless through the smoldering aftermath. We'll be spared the horror of survival.
- Jennifer: I'm only 17 years old. I'm not ready to die yet.”
“I don't believe that any system is totally secure.”
- McKittrick: "Defcon". That indicates our current defense condition. It should read "Defcon 5", which means peace. It's still on 4 because of that little stunt you pulled. Actually, if we hadn't caught it in time, it might have gone to Defcon 1. You know what that means, David?
- David Lightman: No. What does that mean?
- McKittrick: World War... (continue)(continue reading)
“A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?”
“- David Lightman: Joshua called me.
- McKittrick: David, computers don't call people!
- David Lightman: Yours did.”
“The WOPR spends all it's time thinking about World War III. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, it plays an endless series of WarGames using all available information on the state of the world. The WOPR has already fought World War III as a game time and time again. It estimates Soviet responses to our responses to their responses and so...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Stephen Falken: Did you ever play tic-tac-toe?
- Jennifer: Yeah, of course.
- Stephen Falken: But you don't anymore.
- Jennifer: No.
- Stephen Falken: Why?
- Jennifer: Because it's a boring game. It's always a tie.
- Stephen Falken: Exactly. There's no way to win. The game itself is pointless! But back at the war room, they believe you can win...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Once upon a time, there lived a magnificent race of animals that dominated the world through age after age. They ran, they swam, and they fought and they flew, until suddenly, quite recently, they disappeared. Nature just gave up and started again. We weren't even apes then. We were just these smart little rodents hiding in the rocks. And when...” (continue)(continue reading)
“I wouldn't trust this overgrown pile of microchips any further than I can throw it.”
“I loved it when you nuked Las Vegas. Suitably biblical ending to the place, don't you think?”
“- Jennifer: He wasn't very old.
- David Lightman: No, he was pretty old. He was 41.
- Jennifer: Oh yeah? Oh, that's old.”
“- McKittrick: There's no way that a high school punk can put a dime into a telephone and break into our system! He's got to be working with somebody else. He's got to be!
- Wigan: He does fit the profile perfectly. He's intelligent, an underachiever, alienated from his parents, has few friends. A classic case for recruitment by the Soviets.”
“- Mr. Liggett: Lightman, maybe you could tell us who first suggested the idea of reproduction without sex.
- David Lightman: Umm... Your wife?
- Mr. Liggett: Get out, Lightman. Get out.”