WarGames (9/11) Movie CLIP – Joshua Searches for Launch Codes (1983) HD
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Joshua searches for the codes to launch the missiles while McKittrick (Dabney Coleman) and General Beringer (Barry Corbin) argue about what to do.
Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he’s smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in Wargames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadverently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, “Global Thermonuclear War”. What we know, but Broderick doesn’t, is that the Pentagon, hoping to eliminate the chancy “human element” in the event of an actual war, has given its computer total, irreversable control over the launching of nuclear weaponry. Broderick and government official Dabney Coleman race against time to reverse the computer’s resolve to send bombers to Russia. Wargames scored a hit, especially with teenage filmgoers.
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Cast: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin, John Wood, Ally Sheedy
Director: John Badham
Producers: Richard Hashimoto, Harold Schneider, Bruce McNall, Leonard Goldberg
Screenwriters: Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes, Walon Green
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What is really ironic is something sorta like this ACTUALLY HAPPENED! A computer program simulation screwed up and missile crews actually had keys in the panel. A very scary situation for sure!
Who is the actress working with the Dabney Coleman character? The one in the white dress shirt with her hair up? Can't find her in the credits?
I'm pretty sure there is a failsafe in the nuclear missile silos that if they receive too many failed launch codes they automatically lock down. they do this to prevent this sort of computer guessing game
ha ha ha
“I’ve come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.”
Crazy to think that my cell phone is more than a billion times more powerful than all of those rooms of computers!
that shouldn't have taken the machine too long to figure out lol
watching in 2020 on a device 1m X the speed of WOPEr
This is how Skyney awakening should have looked like. Suddenly the computer that has control of the missiles, is starting to think by itself, and to know of his own existance. The technicians realize how scary and dangerous it is and tell Skynet in many ways to shut down. The machine determines that he is being attacked by the humans, so in self defense, like he was programed in the begining, decides to start a war to destroy his attackers. It doesn't matter who shot first, the humans lost and the machine won.
Did not like Broadrick's acting in this scene. Falken tells him that Joshua was trying to launch the missiles, and the look on his face was not of surprise, or anything. You would expect a look where his eyes are as wide as pies. The same could be said for Ally Sheedy. No look of surprise!
"Those are launch codes."
"What are those for?"
Bless your heart.
So, Joshua didn't try 00000000, which is what the launch codes were for over 20 years.
0:05 I know its a small likeness, but this COULD have been Doctor Who – The Movie.
Nuclear threats, Artificial Intelligence, Games, whiz kids. The Military, and a Genius who's British! What else do you need besides a Dalek?
So Joshua hacked into the system
Doesn’t the general here play the General Carville in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2?
I appears that movies in the 80’s were very stupid.
It has to be said brilliant acting from the guy who played the General,the way he threw his headset down and delivered his lines was spot on, he looked genuinely pissed off.
"I don't have to take that, you pig eyed sack of s–t!!"
“Those are Launch Codes.”
“What are they for?”
“….Did you just get here? What do you think they are for?!”
“…so it’s bad?”
“Get her out of here!!!”
My favourite flick when I was a kid, and still pretty good now. Lol
What are you doing, Joshua…
It just hit me. Think about it. The computer is trying to find the codes and start the nuclear warheads. And what does the general do? Ordering the bombers to stay in air to lunch a full attack knowing the enemy would retaliate either way.
1:15 Thats what she said LOL
Your new defense system sucks
Peace Walker's rendered her judgment.
"Those are launch codes."
"What are those for?"
Its trying to access Emergence, duh.
After decades it was discovered that the code wasn't some crazy serial of crypto-codes. It was "00000000".
I bet after watching this film they made some changes to how they launch the missles
What a great movie this got me interested in computers ! Love Mathew Broderick what ever happened to that guy!
This guy should've had a chat with bill gates,when he forced Bing on us all. "After very careful consideration sir, I've come to conclusion your new search engine system sucks
– "General, it's the president."
– General: "Mr. President, we're still at DEFCON 1."
– President Ronald Reagan: "Did you try pissing on a spark plug?"
He’s such a drama queen Mr McTrick is lol
So dumb question. After this scene WHOPPER finds the code one digit at a time. That's not how it would work irl correct? He'd have to brute force his way to getting the whole thing right wouldn't he?
The random number generator Joshua's running to hack into the NORAD's systems by brute-force reminds me of using cracks, hacked passwords and keygens to unlock shareware programs from file-sharing apps like Napster, Kazaa, Morpheus, eMule, Bearshare, Limewire, WinMX, and Soulseek, into full-yet-illegal and pirated freeware.
That or a program to brute-force the passwords in certain…steamy and NSFW websites if you know what I mean.
Joshua/WOPR: "If I have to do something right, I gotta do it myself even if it means getting the launch codes by digital brute-force! As an added security measure just to be safe, I need a Dead-Man's-Hand to autolaunch the missiles in case someone unplugs me or NORAD'S destroyed completely".
Got it , screen shot
But "mUh sCiEnCe"
(Not so) fun fact: At the time, the actual launch codes were 0000. They didn't want to change them in case they had to launch on short notice and didn't want to spend time looking for anything more complex. 🚀
What strikes me and terrifies me is the clear and evident rock-bottom stupidity of Barringer. A man of that kind of ignorance at the driver's wheel of a launch site – NORAD, no less – is a recipe for disaster.
The general was the best, the way he delivered that line
Quick, someone count how many codes the computer is generating per second, and then calculate how long it would really take for a computer to brute-force a ten-digit alphanumeric at that rate. I’d do it, but I’m a very lazy person.
Looking back why not pull the phone cord? 🙂 Maybe a bazooka.
'Those are the lunchcodes'
What are those for?
'To get the extra scoop of ice in the canteen'
War Games and Dr. Strangelove would be a fun double feature
This scene still makes my stomach hurt. We will never know how many times we all almost died.
No no Joshua ! Bad computer! Its time to pull your plug !! Shame shame!
It's the President!
Tell him "Let's Go Brandon "for Me…
This is the most laziest response I've ever seen towards a nuke ☠️