History Trivia / WarGames

1st Oct '17 4:47:40 AM ClintEastwood
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* ThrowItIn: WordOfGod says Barry Corbin ad-libbed the line "I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good!"

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* ThrowItIn: TechnologyMarchesOn: The modems are museum pieces today, but were so cutting-edge for their day that the film was many people's first introduction to the concept. The film even featured [[UrExample the first cinematic reference to the term "firewall"]].
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WordOfGod says Barry Corbin ad-libbed the line "I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good!"



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original writer of the story said that he wanted Falken to be played by ''Music/JohnLennon,'' and Lennon was reportedly interested in the role. Alas, of course, one Mark David Chapman ensured that this would never come to pass.

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The original writer of the story said that he wanted Falken to be played by ''Music/JohnLennon,'' and Lennon was reportedly interested in the role. Alas, of course, one Mark David Chapman ensured that this would never come to pass.
28th Sep '17 3:07:52 PM Scorpion451
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* LifeImitatesArt: a common "problem" for military simulations provides a simultaneously amusing and disturbing example. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_learning Machine learning]] systems tasked with simulating cold wars frequently come to the same conclusion that Joshua did: the whole situation is a waste of resources, and deescalation is the only logical solution.



* TheOtherDarrin: John Wood played Falken in the original. In TheSequel, he is played by Gary Reineke.

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* TheOtherDarrin: John Wood played Falken in the original. In TheSequel, the sequel, he is played by Gary Reineke.
20th Jul '17 10:50:53 AM ClintEastwood
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* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mr. Blonde]] (or [[Film/KillBill Budd]] is the technician at the beginning who says, "Turn your key, sir!", and he's saying it to [[Series/TheWestWing Leo [=McGarry=].]]
20th May '17 6:59:04 AM lipranzer
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* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mr. Blonde]] (or [[Film/KillBill Budd]] is the technician at the beginning who says, "Turn your key, sir!", and he's saying it to [[Series/TheWestWing Leo [=McGarry=].]]
24th Mar '17 11:45:10 AM Premonition45
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* FakeRussian: Vlada Vana, from Czechoslovakia, playing Ivan, the former Soviet astronaut.


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** The original director was Martin Brest, but only two of his scenes made it into the movie: David and Jennifer's meeting with Jim and Malvin, and David calling Jennifer at a phone booth in the middle of nowhere.


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* FakeRussian: Vlada Vana, from Czechoslovakia, playing Ivan, the former Soviet astronaut.
3rd Apr '16 12:00:44 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: [[Series/{{Farscape}} Claudia Black]] as RIPLEY.
25th Mar '16 1:45:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Many familiar character actors made early appearances in this film:
** John "[[Series/TheWestWing Leo McGarry]]" Spencer and Creator/MichaelMadsen (AKA Mr. Blonde from ''Film/ReservoirDogs'') are the officers in the silo in the pre-credit sequence.
** Creator/MatthewBroderick, and Ally Sheedy, AKA ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''[='s=] Allison[[note]]AKA: ''Film/ShortCircuit''[='s=] Stephanie[[/note]], are the two leads, David Lightman and Jennifer Mack.
** [=McKittrick=] is played by [[Film/NineToFive Dabney]] [[Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan Cole]][[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} man]].
** General Beringer is Barry Corbin, who has played recurring roles on ''Series/TheCloser'', ''Series/OneTreeHill'', and ''Series/NorthernExposure'', as well as playing Grandpa Max Tennyson on the live action ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}: Alien Swarm''.
*** He's also in ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert''; his "piss on a spark plug" line from here gets a ShoutOut during the hidden ''It Came From Red Alert!'' Giant Ants campaign. His character, General Carville, gets an even larger role in the sequel, ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'', where he is the leading Allied General, and gives a Allied player most of their briefings.
** An uncredited Creator/WilliamHMacy plays a NORAD officer.
** James Tolkan, AKA Mr. Strickland from ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. When he describes David as BrilliantButLazy, you ''will'' expect him to shout "Slacker!"
** [[Series/ChappellesShow The host of "Frontline," who interviews Clayton Bigsby]] as David's father (Perhaps an instance of RetroactiveRecognition).
** Michael Ensign, AKA the Maitre d'Hotel from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', is General Beringer's second-in-command at NORAD.
** Jim String is Maury Chaykin, AKA [[Series/ANeroWolfeMystery Nero Wolfe]]. His geeky assistant Melvin is [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Eddie Deezen]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Mandark]] as one of the hackers Lightman talks to early in the movie.
22nd Feb '16 1:17:10 PM tropower
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** Creator/MatthewBroderick, and Ally Sheedy, AKA ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''[='s=] Allison, are the two leads, David Lightman and Jennifer Mack.
** [=McKittrick=] is played by [[Film/NineToFive Dabney]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Coleman]].

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** Creator/MatthewBroderick, and Ally Sheedy, AKA ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''[='s=] Allison, Allison[[note]]AKA: ''Film/ShortCircuit''[='s=] Stephanie[[/note]], are the two leads, David Lightman and Jennifer Mack.
** [=McKittrick=] is played by [[Film/NineToFive Dabney]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Coleman]].[[Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan Cole]][[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} man]].
30th Sep '15 7:07:37 AM USABobcat
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*** He's also in ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert''; his "piss on a spark plug" line from here gets a ShoutOut during the hidden ''It Came From Red Alert!'' Giant Ants campaign.

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*** He's also in ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert''; his "piss on a spark plug" line from here gets a ShoutOut during the hidden ''It Came From Red Alert!'' Giant Ants campaign. His character, General Carville, gets an even larger role in the sequel, ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'', where he is the leading Allied General, and gives a Allied player most of their briefings.
17th Jul '15 10:42:14 PM bassmedic87
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The then-contemporary theme of Cold War nuclear panic definitely dates this film to before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, as does its treatment of then-emerging computer technology (to early in TheEighties). And of course there's the technology itself: dialing into remote systems with an acoustic-coupler modem looks positively quaint in the era of broadband internet, as do supercomputers with graphics that the most basic of modern [=PCs=] would put to shame (or even a computer of 1983). (The acoustic-coupler modem was already outdated in 1983. It was just there to be visually interesting.) The lax attitude to computer security is almost a textbook example of how ''not'' to do things these days, though to the irritation of IT people the world over, people still insist on writing down passwords to this day. And this being TheEighties, there's the obligatory video arcade scene.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The then-contemporary theme of Cold War nuclear panic definitely dates this film to before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, as does its treatment of then-emerging computer technology (to early in TheEighties). And of course there's the technology itself: dialing into remote systems with an acoustic-coupler modem looks positively quaint in the era of broadband internet, as do supercomputers with graphics that the most basic of modern [=PCs=] would put to shame (or even a computer of 1983). (The acoustic-coupler modem was already outdated in 1983. It was just there to be visually interesting.) The lax attitude to computer security is almost a textbook example of how ''not'' to do things these days, though to the irritation of IT people the world over, people still insist on writing down passwords to this day. And this being TheEighties, there's the obligatory video arcade scene. Not to mention the way Lightman did his research on Professor Falken: going to the library, looking him up in the card catalog, reading books and microfilms; something that one can do today [[TechnologyMarchesOn by typing it into Google.]]
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