About

High School student David Lightman 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 and a wizardly computer genius, David must race against time to outwit his opponent and prevent a nuclear Armagedd...

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Directed by

John Badham

Written by

Walter F. Parkes (Screenplay)
Lawrence Lasker (Screenplay)

Runtime

114 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Is it a game, or is it real?

Cast

Keywords

computer fbi video game prosecution government artificial intelligence hacker cold war nuclear threat norad

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography

Oscar nomination for Best Sound Aaron Rochin

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Walter F. Parkes