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Defictionalization: A fan made a wargames program for . It "simulates" the WOPR computer.
UNIX Fake Russian: Vlada Vana, from Czechoslovakia, playing Ivan, the former Soviet astronaut.
Hey, It's That Guy!: This film had early appearances of:
John " Leo McGarry" Spencer and Michael Madsen (the officers in the silo in the pre-credit sequence), Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Eddie Deezen, and Maury Chaykin.
Barry Corbin, who has played recurring roles on , The Closer , and One Tree Hill , as well as playing Grandpa Max Tennyson on the live action Northern Exposure .
Ben 10: Alien Swarm 's Allison, an uncredited The Breakfast Club William H. Macy as a NORAD officer.
James Tolkan, AKA Mr. Strickland from . When he describes David as Back to the Future Brilliant, but Lazy, you will expect him to shout "Slacker!"
The host of "Frontline," who interviews Clayton Bigsby as David's father (Perhaps an instance of Retroactive Recognition).
Michael Ensign, AKA the Maitre d'Hotel from , is General Beringer's second-in-command at NORAD.
Ghostbusters Image Source: This film provides the page image for Ominous Multiple Screens.
Throw It In: Word of God says Barry Corbin ad-libbed the line "I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good!"
What Could Have Been: The original writer of the story said that he wanted Falken to be played by and Lennon was reportedly interested in the role. Alas, of course, one Mark David Chapman ensured that this would never come to pass.