History Trivia / WarGames

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.]]
9th Apr '15 10:34:14 AM Movienut376
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** The jeep accident as David, Jennifer, and Falken ram through NORAD's front gate was unintentional; the jeep was meant to keep driving right to the base itself and not flip over. John Badham left it in and filmed a shot of the trio running the rest of the way to the base
21st Mar '15 10:05:01 PM Mullon
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Mandark as one of the hackers Lightman talks to early in the movie.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Mandark [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Mandark]] as one of the hackers Lightman talks to early in the movie.
7th Mar '15 10:04:15 PM maxwellsilver
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* Combined with ''Film/DrStrangelove'', Russia has a real automated system: the Perimeter system, also known as the Dead Hand. Officially, it is turned off in peacetime and only turned on in times of crisis, but is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed.

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* ** Combined with ''Film/DrStrangelove'', Russia has a real automated system: the Perimeter system, also known as the Dead Hand. Officially, it is turned off in peacetime and only turned on in times of crisis, but is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed.
7th Mar '15 10:03:51 PM maxwellsilver
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!!WarGames

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!!WarGames!![=WarGames=]



* Combined with ''Film/DrStrangelove'', Russia has a real automated system: the Perimeter system, also known as the Dead Hand. Officially, it is turned off in peacetime and only turned on in times of crisis, but is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed.



!!WarGames: The Dead Code

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!!WarGames: !![=WarGames=]: The Dead Code
11th Jan '15 3:12:34 PM Schroeder1174
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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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