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Thriller, Sci-Fi | 1983 | PG. 1hr 54min
CAST: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood DIRECTOR: John Badham CLASSIC FILM SERIES

A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing?

Film Discussion

After the 6:45 pm screening of the film, join Gabriel Spitzer, host of KNKX's podcast Sound Effect, and guests for a discussion of the film: How vulnerable are we to nuclear annihilation? How well does the human vs machine storyline hold up? How would the film feel different if it were shot in the PNW today? This discussion will be recorded for possible airing on the Sound Effect show.

About Sound Effect

Sound Effect features stories inspired by the place we live. Each week's show airs on KNKX Saturday mornings at 10:00 am and explores a different theme that illuminates our shared Northwest stories.

As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
This inventive nail-biter is very much a product of its time — blending the arms-race unease of the early 1980s with the beginning of the home-computer revolution — but it still manages to both grip and entertain.
Alan Jones, Radio Times
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