High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions! Together with his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

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  1. Walter F. Parkes


  2. Lawrence Lasker


  3. John Badham


Top Billed Cast

  1. Matthew Broderick

    Matthew Broderick

    David Lightman

  2. Dabney Coleman

    Dabney Coleman

    Dr. John McKittrick

  3. Ally Sheedy

    Ally Sheedy

    Jennifer Katherine Mack

  4. John Wood

    John Wood

    Dr. Stephen Falken

  5. Barry Corbin

    Barry Corbin

    General Jack Beringer

  6. Juanin Clay

    Juanin Clay

    Pat Healy

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget $12,000,000.00

Revenue $79,567,667.00

Homepage http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=WARGAMES

Release Information

  • June 3, 1983
    PG, Theatrical



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