WarGames

Trivia: Closely listen to the TV playing in the background, when Mathew Broderick comes home from school, before all his trouble starts with the Feds. The local news is on, and is saying "a fire broke out in a prophylactic recycling factory."

Trivia: When Joshua starts playing through various scenarios at the end of the film, a list of the scenarios flash over the screen. The research for the film was so comprehensive that they actually managed to acquire the real list of war games the US government had, and the list in the film is directly based on that one.

Trivia: WOPR's name is a historical joke. An early computer used to predict war strategies at NORAD was called BRGR. (Whopper/Burger get it?)

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Trivia: The filmmakers originally intended Stephen Falken to be a wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking-like type. In the end, they just couldn't picture David and Jennifer carrying the wheelchair up and down the stairs in NORAD, so they decided to change his image.

Trivia: The voice on the pocket tape recorder in the infirmary is that of the film's director, John Badham.

Continuity mistake: During David Lightman's escape from the infirmary, notice the hands of the guard officer - he's wearing his gloves, and the next instant they have disappeared, and reappear in the next scene.

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David Lightman: [On the computer] Hello, are you still playing the game?
Joshua: Of course. I should reach Defcon 1 and release my missiles in 28 hours. Would you like to see some projected kill ratios?
David Lightman: Sixty-nine percent of the housing destroyed. Seventy-two million people dead. [Types into computer] Is this a game or is it real?
Joshua: What's the difference?

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Question: At the beginning of the film, who were the two men in uniform and why did one pull a gun on the other?

Answer: They were erroneously alerted that an actual nuclear attack was underway, and they had been trained to respond by firing a nuclear warhead. However, one was unconvinced that the US was actually under attack, and he wanted further confirmation from his superiors. The other insisted that they follow protocol and fire the missiles. One man alone cannot launch the missiles, it takes two, and the one with the gun is attempting to force his partner to follow through on launching the weapon.

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Answer: Actually it would take four men; two men in two separate LCCs (Launch Control Centers) to corroborate. In fact, there are five LCCs in a Squadron and the others can even "inhibit" an erroneous launch order coming from a single LCC.

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