* HilariousInHindsight: Darkly so, but a character played by Robert Redford falling prey to a CIA conspiracy is pretty funny in light of his role in 2014's ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' [[spoiler: as the ''architect'' of a similar conspiracy.]] Doubly hilarious because the directors of that film cite this one as one of their inspirations.
** [[spoiler: The plot of the movie is Atwood ordering the hit on Turner's office to cover up a plot to seize Middle Eastern oil fields. Higgins later tells Turner the plot wasn't a bad idea, and defends the 'war game' by pointing out the growing Energy Crisis of TheSeventies.]] Cut to 2003, [[spoiler: with the Invasion of Iraq and the whole debate over who gets control of all those Iraqi oil fields...]]
** The book's original plot had [[spoiler: the CIA involved in drug trafficking]], which was changed because they came up with a "more plausible" idea. But given the real CIA's history with [[spoiler: Manuel Noriega, the Contras, and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the 1980s]], it's not so far-fetched after all.