!![=WarGames=]
* {{Defictionalization}}: A fan made a [[https://github.com/abs0/wargames wargames program]] for [-{{UNIX}}-]. It "simulates" the WOPR computer.
** 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.
* FakeRussian: Vlada Vana, from Czechoslovakia, playing Ivan, the former Soviet astronaut.
* GeniusBonus: The guard's discussion in the beginning involves someone he knew who grew plants while chanting "om mani padme hum", which is a Sanskrit mantra also known as "the jewel of the lotus flower".
* 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, are the two leads, David Lightman and Jennifer Mack.
** [=McKittrick=] is played by [[Film/NineToFive Dabney]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Coleman]].
** 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.
** 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.
* ImageSource: This film provides the page image for OminousMultipleScreens.
* ThrowItIn: WordOfGod says Barry Corbin ad-libbed the line "I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good!"
* 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.
* 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.
!![=WarGames=]: The Dead Code
* DawsonCasting: Amanda Walsh as Annie. She's 27 at the time of shooting and it shows.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[Series/{{Farscape}} Claudia Black]] as RIPLEY.
* TheOtherDarrin: John Wood played Falken in the original. In TheSequel, he is played by Gary Reineke.