Lists: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers

Brief Synopsis: "High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) 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 (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 1983: # 0)

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People Involved

  • Matthew Broderick (David Lightman)
  • Dabney Coleman (Dr. John McKittrick)
  • Ally Sheedy (Jennifer Katherine Mack)
  • John Wood (Dr. Stephen Falken)
  • Barry Corbin (General Jack Beringer)
  • Juanin Clay (Pat Healy)
  • Kent Williams (Arthur Cabot)
  • Dennis Lipscomb (Lyle Watson)
  • Joe Dorsey (Col. Joe Conley)
  • Irving Metzman (Paul Richter)
  • Michael Ensign (Beringers Aide)
  • William Bogert (Mr. Lightman)
  • Susan Davis (Mrs. Lightman)
  • James Tolkan (Nigan)
  • David Clover (Stockman)
  • Drew Snyder (Ayers)
  • John Garber (Corporal in the Infirmary)
  • Duncan Wilmore (Major Lem)
  • Billy Ray Sharkey (Radar Analyst)
  • John Spencer (Jerry)
  • Michael Madsen (Steve)
  • Erik Stern (Commander)
  • Gary Bisig (Deputy)
  • Gary Sexton (Technician)
  • Jason Bernard (Captain Knewt)
  • Frankie Hill (Airman Fields)
  • Jesse D. Goins (Sergeant (as Jesse Goins))
  • Alan Blumenfeld (Mr. Liggett)
  • Len Lawson (Boys Vice Principal)
  • Maury Chaykin (Jim Sting)
  • Eddie Deezen (Malvin)
  • Stack Pierce (Airman)
  • William H. Macy (NORAD Officer (uncredited))
  • Robert J. Doherty (Director)