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WarGames: 16 Things You Don’t Need To Know

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This week I’m hacking through some more (mostly) useless trivia – this time about WarGames. My favorite nugget… I’ll tell you how they recorded the computer voice for Joshua. So, shall we play a game?


  1. One of my favorite games “DEFCON” was inspired by this movie.

  2. I saw this movie as a kid in the 90's, from then on I knew I wanted to work with computers, I look at libraries and elsewhere to learn as much as possible, and years later got an engineering degree.

  3. Fantastic movie. It's free on youtube. Go watch it!

  4. The band papa roach, in their video for “Getting Away With Murder” they have a scene where a stock trading room devolves into a version of reenacting the nuclear war montage from WarGames and it’s honestly a pretty cool use of the imagery.

  5. Bet a lot of kids tried to hack a payphone the way it was done in the movie.

  6. I was the Location Manager on "WarGames" and you got a couple facts wrong as well as some omissions. The mouth of the tunnel and the jeep crash were filmed near a small town called Cement, in the Cascades north of Seattle. Yes, the tunnel interior is Griffith Park. The jeep crash was a real accident with the stunt doubles actually getting hurt, but not badly. The chainlink fence they tried to crash through caught under the wheels and flipped the jeep over. The fence should have been rigged by special effects and wasn't. Yes, they chose to keep it in. This was shot while Martin Brest was Director. As with many productions, there was often chaos and poor planning. John Wood was chosen well into pre-production in 1982 after considering many, many actors. The movie was brilliantly cast by Martin Brest, not John Badham. Martin Brest had several extravagant ideas he insisted upon… and there are a number of scenes and shots he made that are in the film…not just the ones you mentioned. Martin "demanded" the interior set of Norad be huge with different levels, catwalks offices, etcetera. The story I heard, was that when Martin and the writers toured Norad, they were going to the real Norad Command center until Martin said something about the storyline that prompted the Military to cancel the tour. Nevertheless, Martin wanted the huge set. Leonard Goldberg, the executive producer was increasingly fed up with demands by Martin and the money being spent on things like the Norad set. Though Martin Brest's filming was going well, I remember that he was falling behind….which is costly and unforgivable to many Producers. As you stated, after two weeks, he was fired and Badham was hired. In my opinion, Goldberg must have wanted to fire Brest earlier but it took some time to line up Badham, who was finishing "Blue Thunder". It is true that the original writers did profound research and came up with ingenious ideas…nevertheless, they were fired at one point and other writers were brought in to change aspects of the script. One of the writers brought in was Walon Green. Eventually, I believe the original writers were brought back. Though Badham's tenure as Director was smoother and he was liked by everyone…it was many of Brest's ideas and concepts that helped make the movie what it is. I do not believe the darker tone of Brest's concepts would have been detrimental to the final film…very hard to say. One of the more difficult choices Brest had to make, was whether the voice of the computer would be heard. Though computers may have had voices, they were not interactive, as I remember it.
    There was much consternation as to whether this would be believable..but it was decided to add it to the film. My memory is that it was not in the script and the computer's dialogue would have appeared on the computer screen. Obviously, this was a pivotal decision. Before Brest was fired, Goldberg brought in a known Production Manager, Harold Schneider, who had a reputation for firing people and drastic cost cutting. His term on the crew was unpleasant and was probably supposed to be. Goldberg did not have much confidence the film would be successful…mind you Broderick and Sheedy were essentially unknown. Both were very friendly and likable. One other note, there is a scene where Sheedy gives Broderick a ride on her scooter. The schedule had to be changed due to Sheedy crashing the moped….not seriously, but causing a delay in production. Also, originally, in the script, a private jet was to take Broderick and Sheedy to Falcon and was going to land on a two-lane road in the mountains but was cut. Martin Brest and Lisa Weinstein, found the script, originally called "The Genius" and developed it with the writers.
    They deserve some credit for what the final film is. My name is Robert Decker and I can be contacted through the Location Managers Guild International.

  7. 1980's my cat Tiddles could hack into a computer from that time period.

  8. Not so sure about the accuracy of the statement regarding Corbin's character being based on Hartinger. It has been well voiced in the USAF community and especially within SAC that it was based on General Curtis LeMay. His conduct, directness, brashness, no bs talking (or taking) personality and mannerisms was a dead ringer for how Berringer was played. LeMay was a legend throughout the Cold War era for this, and as he was considered the grand-daddy of SAC (under which all ICBM operations and NORAD was controlled) and under his leadership much of these sorts of defense systems were created or modernized – it is much more plausible that this is the case. There was an interview with Corbin at some point in which he even mentioned LeMay being the influence for the character.

  9. The government of the United States, in its passage of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act through Reagan's paranoia, ultimately used this movie as a pretext to murder Aaron Swartz. Aaron Swartz was a hero who was murdered by the state, and his murder was the result of a paranoid delusion that the state had with anyone who does something they don't like on a computer.

  10. Ally Sheedy is the most attractive human who ever lived. Prove me wrong.

  11. Listen carefully. Path: Follow path. Gate: Open gate / Through gate / Close gate. Last ferry 6:30 so Run Run Run.

  12. This movie is the whole reason I chose the US Air Force and Command & Control Battle Management Systems Operator as a career field. In fact, I spent 3 years at NORAD. All of us Gen-Xer Airman used to joke how much we wished our command center looked like the set of WarGames. To this day I still think General Beringer was badass.

  13. If your brain can be read then is there any electrical circuit that is hacked proof?

  14. Can we talk about how great Barry Corbin was in this movie? I always loved his character in the Command & Conquer series (Which was also a general) and it was entirely why I watched this movie.

  15. In a interview Barry Corbin tells the origin of the "Sparkplug" line, growing up in Texas as a kid and as dare from his friend he pissed on a sparkplug on a running Tractor!!

  16. 4:30 Additionally: Hawk is translated to "Falke" in German, so that's a nice touch.

  17. No credit for the 25th anniversary special features where ALL of this info came from, almost verbatim 😐 I highly recommend those if you loved this movie. lots of good info w/out all the ass-kissing of modern Extras — evolution of the script and some great interviews with cast and crew

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