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3rd June 1983
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John Badham


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WarGames is a 1983 Action Race Against Time film released on 3rd June; John Badham directed the film which stars Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, and Dabney Coleman. It is due to be remade/rebooted as WarGames in . The film was a box office success, earning a profit of $112,600,000 on its budget.

High School student David Lightman has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions. Together with his girlfriend and a wizardly computer genius, David must race against time to outwit his opponent and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

If you started watching this film now, it would finish at approximately 8:46pm.
Matthew Broderick Matthew Broderick
Age at Filming ≈ 20
Ally Sheedy Ally Sheedy
Age at Filming ≈ 20
Dabney Coleman Dabney Coleman
Age at Filming ≈ 50
Maury Chaykin Maury Chaykin
Age at Filming ≈ 33
James Tolkan James Tolkan
Age at Filming ≈ 51
Barry Corbin Barry Corbin
Age at Filming ≈ 42
Michael Ensign
Age at Filming ≈ 38
Art LaFleur Art LaFleur
Age at Filming ≈ 39
John Wood
Age at Filming ≈ 52
Alan Blumenfeld
Age at Filming ≈ 30
Stack Pierce
Age at Filming ≈ 49
Eddie Deezen
Age at Filming ≈ 24
Drew Snyder Drew Snyder
Age at Filming ≈ 36
Stephen Lee Stephen Lee
Age at Filming ≈ 27
Dennis Lipscomb
Age at Filming ≈ 40
John Spencer John Spencer
Age at Filming ≈ 36
Jason Bernard
Age at Filming ≈ 44
Michael Adams
Age at Filming ≈ 32
William H. Macy William H. Macy
Age at Filming ≈ 32
Michael Madsen Michael Madsen
Age at Filming ≈ 25
Tom Lawrence
Age at Filming ≈ 45
William Bogert
Age at Filming ≈ 46
Kent Williams
Age at Filming ≈ 32
Lucinda Crosby
Age at Filming ≈ 30
Frances E. Nealy
Age at Filming ≈ 64
Charles Akins
Age at Filming ≈ 45
Juanin Clay
Age at Filming ≈ 33
James Lemp
Age at Filming ≈ 44
Brad David
Age at Filming ≈ 35

Most Often Described As

17% Awesome
17% Enjoyable
17% Entertaining
17% Imaginative
17% Interesting
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Remade/Rebooted As


The NORAD command center built for the movie cost $1 million, making it the most expensive set ever constructed at the time. The producers were not allowed into the actual NORAD command center, so they had to imagine what it was like. In the DVD commentary, director John Badham noted that the actual NORAD command center isn't nearly as elaborate as the one in the movie, calling the set "NORAD's wet dream of itself."

Cast Age

Estimated Ages At Time of Filming

10% 20-29
25% 30-39
17% 40-49
6% 50-59
2% 60-69
40% Unknown

Cast Genders

Who Is Most Represented

15% Female
83% Male
2% Unknown

Good/Bad Characters

More Heroes of Villains?

100% Unknown

Character Types

What Characters Feature

100% Unknown

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays the lead role(s) in WarGames?
The lead role is played by Matthew Broderick.
Is WarGames on Netflix?
No, WarGames is not currently available on Netflix in the United States
Is WarGames on Amazon Prime?
No, WarGames is not currently available on Amazon Prime in the United States
Is WarGames on Disney Plus?
No, WarGames is not currently available on Disney+ in the United States