Synopsis: A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ?
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director(s): John Badham
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

why 22% of his missile commanders

failed to launch their missiles. What

am I supposed to say? 22% isn't so bad?

The president knows that I am fully

responsible for the men in my command.

I've ordered a re-evaluation of

our psychological screening procedure.

Wait a minute. Excuse me, General.

We can't ask these men

to go back to the president

with a lot of headshrinker horseshit!

You can't screen out human response!

Those men know what it means to turn

the keys, and some are just not up to it!

Now, it's as simple as that!

I think we oughta take

the men out of the loop.

- Mr McKittrick, you're out of line, sir.

- Why am I out of line?

Excuse me!

I'm sorry. I don't understand.

Take them out of the loop?

Gentlemen! We've had men in these silos

since before any of you

were watching Howdy Doody.

For myself, I sleep pretty well at night

knowing those boys are down there.

General, we know they're fine men,

but in a nuclear war we can't afford

to have missiles

lying dormant in those silos

because those men refuse to turn

the keys when the computers tell 'em to!

You mean when

the president orders them to.

The president will probably follow

the computer war plan. That's a fact!

I imagine the Joint Chiefs

will have some input.

- You're damn tootin'.

- Well, hell...

In a surprise attack, there's no time.

23 minutes from warning to impact.

- Six minutes if it's sub-launched.

- Six minutes.

That's barely enough time

for the president to make a decision.

Once he makes the decision,

the computer should take over.

Now, sir, I know that you've got

a plane waiting for you,

but if you could indulge me,

I'd like to show you something.

These computers give instant access

to the state of the world.

Troop movements, Soviet

missile tests, weather patterns.

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Lawrence Lasker

Lawrence C. Lasker (born October 7, 1949) is an American screenwriter and producer who entered American film in 1983 as writer of the movie WarGames. Lasker was born in Los Angeles County, California. He is the son of actress Jane Greer and producer Edward Lasker. His paternal grandfather was businessman Albert Lasker and his paternal step-grandmother was actress Doris Kenyon. He graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1967 and attended Yale University, as did his father. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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