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    The 1983 film Wargames starring Matthew Broderick & Ally Sheedy came out concerning nuclear war & The MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) thereof.

    In the film David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) with his gf Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) accidentally hack into the WOPR (War Operations Planned Response) defence computer at NORAD Cheyenne Mountain whilst looking for Protovision a game software company to find their new games not yet released onto the market

    The computer asks "Would you like a nice game of chess?"

    David replies "Maybe later. Let's play Global Thermo Nuclear War"

    Joshua (WOPR) says "Fine"

    A Global Thermonuclear War scenario is displayed on David's computer

    Joshua asks "Which side do you want?"

    "The Russians" replies David

    Whilst playing the game/simulation an imminent missile warning displays with klaxons sounding at NORAD's control room at Cheyenne Mountain

    NORAD goes into full alert.

    Some time later David cuts the connection thus ending the imminent missile attack at Cheyenne Mountain

    NORAD returns to DEFCON 5

    The WOPR's technician runs into the control room saying an attack simulation had been fed into the computer

    His assistant comes in and says they were unable to trace the call but it did come from the Seattle area

    Anyway, eventually NORAD goes into DEFCON 1 after Joshua continues playing the game to the point he is ready to launch the ICBM's

    Russia is denying everything which is correct as they are not launching an attack; it is a computer generated simulation

    Just as NORAD is going to press the button David & Jennifer come in with Stephen (WOPR's designer). Stephen asks Barringer (the NORAD chief) how far has it gone. "We are just about to launch a counter attack"

    "It's not real write off the attack"

    "Do you really believe the enemy would send so many missiles subs & ships without provocation knowing our only option would be to annihilate them? You are talking to a machine don't act like one"

    Darringer says to the President "We can not confirm the inbounds"

    Barringer calls the first three air bases which are the target telling his assistant to launch at his command

    He tells the air bases the current situation

    After those three hits he calls them asking them if they are still on

    They are alive; no missile hit

    The whole room cheers & Barringer says "Stand down the missiles!!"

    It is not all over. Joshua is searching for the launch codes to launch the missiles 'himself'

    David eventually calls up Tic Tac Toe/Naughts & Crosses. Through this game where there is no winner Joshua learns the valuable lesson that in a nuclear war there are no winners

    Then Joshua says - guess lol














    "The only option is not to play





    "Would you like a nice game of chess?"
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    Last edited by Twocky61; 11-05-2017 at 07:32. Reason: Corrections

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    I really like Wargames, the DVD commentary track is very informative.
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    I heard that too Richard; totally awesome

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    As popular as Wargames was when it was released plus many TV screenings and video/dvd availability, I have yet to see it. Reading the plot from previous posts and elsewhere, it sounds like it ends up with a happy ending. To be honest, I prefer my nuclear apocalypse films/TV to be much darker. If you like that as well, try Fail Safe and the blackest of black comedies, Dr Strangelove. TV-wise, check out Threads and The War Game--banned for many years from UK screens. Also, from around the same time as Wargames, try Whoops Apocalypse!--the TV series, not the inferior film version.

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    Fail-Safe is an amazing film!
    Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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    That high-pitched screech that is heard when the bomb explodes is chilling. Excellent acting from a fine cast and played tone-wise just right.

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