Tron

Synopsis: When talented computer engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) finds out that Ed Dillinger (David Warner), an executive at his company, has been stealing his work, he tries to hack into the system. However, Flynn is transported into the digital world, where he has to face off against Dillinger's computerized likeness, Sark, and the imposing Master Control Program. Aided by Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and Yori (Cindy Morgan), Flynn becomes a freedom fighter for the oppressed programs of the grid.
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Metacritic:
58
Rotten Tomatoes:
70%
PG
Year:
1982
96 min
1,250 Views


BLACKNESS:

1THE ELECTRONIC WORLD 1

On one side of the screen, computer programming language is being

printed, and we HEAR the sound of an electronic keyboard. In the

center of the screen, glowing lines inscribe a rough computer

simulation of a figure, in response to the programming. Gradually

the figure is completed and refined, as we HEAR a resonant voice

speaking.

VOICE:

As astonishing advances in computer

science are made, artificial intelligence

programs are being designed to assist

us in every area of life...

We see that the completed form is man-like, heroic and muscular,

wearing a form of flexible armor. The face is calm, handsome and

intelligent. As the voice continues, the form becomes rounded by

the computer until it appears three dimensional and begins to rotate.

VOICE (CONT.)

In a world-wide network of electronics,

they travel through miles of circuitry

at the speed of light. We created them to

calculate and research, to help us design

and heal and think. With all that they can

do, are they only electrical impulses...

or are they a new form of life?

The figure is rotated completely around, and as it comes back to face

us, a glowing disk appears beside it; again in response to the

programming printed out at the side of the screen. The disk moves

towards the man-like figure and is rotated into position above it.

As the voice reaches the final word, the disk is slammed into place

on the back of the figure. There is an explosion of colored light,

a resounding crash of MUSIC and the title appears across the top of

the screen in huge letters.

T R O N ! !

The MUSIC CONTINUES as the glow fades and we SEE that the figure has

become real, a living being, although filled with glowing light, as

if it had an inner core of electricity.

The following is a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS in MONTAGE STYLE as the

OPENING TITLES ROLL. The montage takes place in two worlds, the

ELECTRONIC WORLD and the REAL WORLD.

The Electronic World is a mirror of our own, consisting of the

electronic information in our computers, television sets and

telecommunications network. It is peopled by computer programs,

data, and the characters from countless video games. For the first

time, we are seeing their world as it really is, rather than through

the window of television screens.

CUT TO:

2CYCLE GAME 2

TWO OTHER ELECTRONIC FIGURES standing on a glowing grid against a

dark background. Each holds a bar between his fists, and as a BUZZER

SOUNDS, a glowing light cycle is inscribed around them, completely

encasing them.

CUT TO:

3LONG SHOT 3

as the cycles take off. We see that each leaves a solidifying laser

trail behind it. One turns abruptly, creating a wall in front of the

other.

CUT TO:

4REAL WORLD 4

Screen of a video game, the Real World version of light cycles,

as we see one of the lines smash into another and disappear.

5THE REAL WORLD 5

We see teenagers, strangely lit from below with bluish light,

their hands on electronic controls, levers, knobs. We HEAR

electronic beeping and popping.

6ELECTRONIC WORLD6

Futuristic tanks bearing down on one another in a flat grid-like

landscape. One FIRES, and the other disappears when it is hit, to

reappear, spinning wildly, in the distance. We HEAR a sound

like a crack of lightning.

7REAL WORLD 7

A video game in an arcade. On the screen is a typical version of

Tank Wars with computer generated representations of tanks in a 2-D

maze.

8/9 OMITTED8/9

10 ELECTRONIC WORLD10

Two other game warriors on the grid, this time throwing

glowing disks at one another like frisbees. We see the

one colored blue throw; his disk smashes into the second

warrior, and he dissolves into thousands of glowing lines.

11 REAL WORLD 11

A video game called "BERSERK," in which a human character'

throws a glowing dot at monsters in a maze; we see a quick

glimpse of the screen, then cut to a group of people staring

down, LAUGHING.

12 OMITTED12

13 ELECTRONIC WORLD13

Another game in progress, from a LONG SHOT. A version of

Jai Alai, in which the two players stand suspended in space

on glowing colored rings, and throw a pellet of solid energy

at each other.

14 ANGLE ON ONE OF THE WARRIORS 14

He is huge, evil looking. His body is enormous, his head

mechanical. This is SARK. He glows ominously blue. He is catching

the pellet thrown from his opponent who is much smaller, glowing

yellow.

15 CLOSE UP - FACE OF THE OPPONENT15

fearful, nervous, poised on one ring.

16 SARK 16

sneering, as he uses his electronic cesta to hurl the pellet

back with violent force.

16A THE SMALLER WARRIOR 16A

desperately trying to catch the pellet, but it smashes

into the ring, which explodes into a million pieces. One

last glimpse of the yellow warrior's tortured, desperate

face as he falls to instant death.

17 SARK 17

triumphant, LAUGHING. High above him, etched in enormous

glowing computer printed 3-D block letters, are the words:

"WINNER:
BLUE - SARK!!"

BOY'S VOICE

(distant, echoing)

Aagh! God, Lisa, I almost had you that

time.

DISSOLVE TO:

18 REAL WORLD - THE VIDEO ARCADE 18

We see two TEENAGERS playing a table model video game, where we

can see the words: "Winner - Blue" printed. The game console is

prominently marked with the letter logo of the manufacturer: "ICOM."

BOY:

Lemme play you again?

TEENAGE GIRL:

(holds out a hand)

Yeah, if you've got another quarter.

FOCUS ON SCREEN, ZOOM IN SLIGHTLY AND

DISSOLVE TO:

19 ELECTRONIC WORLD19

Sark is striding through a wide corridor where other tough

looking blue warriors are lounging around, leaning against the

walls, sitting on the floor against the wall. They look up as

Sark comes in and one of them calls out:

WARRIOR 1

Sark, my man! You are hot!

WARRIOR 2

That knuckleball gets 'em every

time, boy...

Sark and the other blue warriors LAUGH RAUCOUSLY, and Sark moves on.

CUT TO:

20 THE BRIDGE OF THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER 20

overlooking the video game grid. We see Sark walking onto the bridge,

removing his cesta and tossing it aside carelessly. A BUZZER is

sounding. Sark plugs himself into the feet sockets with a SIGH of

satisfaction.

The buzzer stops and we see the holographic image of a

cylinder forming around Sark, at first translucent and then

solidifying so that we can't see through it, and Sark is

hidden from view.

21 INT. CYLINDER - SARK'S POV21

of this happening. We can see the inside surface of the cylinder

... a wavering image of a stretched out face, just features,

appears superimposed on the cylinder. The face speaks.

VOICE (MCP)

You're getting brutal, Sark.

Brutal and needlessly sadistic.

The feet sockets glow and we see Sark absorbing the energy like

a drug addict, eyes glazed.

SARK:

Thank. you, Master Control.

MCP:

We might be capturing some military

programs soon... that interest you?

SARK:

Sure, I'd love to go up against some of these

guys ... be a nice break from these

accounting creampuffs you keep sending

me. Which branch of the service?

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Steven M. Lisberger is an American film director, producer and writer famous for directing Tron in 1982. Lisberger was born in 1951 in New York City and grew up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Lisberger attended The Hill School in Pottstown. more…

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