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The Daily Movie Quote: WarGames

Updated on October 1, 2010
Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in WarGames
Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in WarGames

"Shall we play a game?" - Joshua, WarGames (1983)

MGM, rated PG, 114 minutes.

Directed By: John Badham


Matthew Broderick - David

Ally Sheedy - Jennifer

Dabney Coleman - McKittrick

Barry Corbin - General Beringer

John Wood - Falken

Domestic Box Office Gross: $79,568,000

Synopsis: A young computer hacker thinks he's gained access to a new video game only to inadvertently almost start World War III.

Fact: Martin Brest was the original director but was fired because of creative differences.

Trivia: Professor Stephen Falken is based on real life professor Stephen Hawking.

Movie Mistake: When David is playing Galaga he has three lives. When he dies the screen reads 'Game Over', David should have two more lives.

My Take: After I saw WarGames all I wanted to do was be a computer hacker. What can I say, I was thirteen and impressionable. My actual favorite quote from this film is "Hell I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it would do any good." But "Shall we play a game?" is more likely to bring back memories.

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    • Skaditch profile image

      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I know what you mean about memory lane. WarGames just came to me and a flood of good memories along with it.

    • Andy Webb profile image

      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      There's a trip down memory lane. I loved the scene where he used a can pull on a public phone to make a free phone call. Or actually thinking about it the scene with the dictaphone he uses to record the key code to the room he's locked in is just as good.