WarGames Movie Behind The Scenes

WarGames Goofs

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John Wood plays Professor Falken


"Er, someone wasn't on top of their game that day..."
See the goofs, blunders and plain ole mistakes in the 1983 Thriller movie starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood More Cast

We believe the following are all legit mistakes. If we've bungled it, or you have additional info, please update us.

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McKittrick asks David who he is going to Paris with. However, David booked the flight in Jennifer's name not his, so they would not know anything about it and even if they had traced the action to his computer, they would know who he was going with, as he entered her name.
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David turns on the voice synthesiser for Jennifer to make the computer speak at home, but on subsequent occasions the computers just speak in the same Joshua voice when David is talking to it: the computer in McKittrick's office and even the big one at the command center!
Thanks to Sanjeev
When Broderick's character is playing a videogame of Galaga, he is shown pressing the fire keys and moving the joystick, while at the bottom of the screen, it shows, 'Game Over'.
Thanks to Sanjeev
When the defence headquarters was in a state of emergency, one of the staff there bumps into the W.O.P.R. unit and it visibly moves, as if it was made of cardboard (which it probably was).

Thomas "Todd" Fischer of IMSAI kindly wrote in to add: No, the W.O.P.R. prop was NOT made of cardboard. The full story of it, and a later reproduction can be found here.
Thanks to Mark
Another error in the movie happens in the wide shot of the CRT when David starts the ultimate wargame and the computer asks him to choose sides:1. United States 2. Soviet Union The answer "2" fills in with the rest of the text before David selects it, then the close-up shot shows him entering it.
Thanks to Scott Hume
In one scene, General Berenger (Barry Corbin) gives an order to "Scramble two F-16's out of Galena." (Galena is in Alaska.) The planes shown afterwards are F-15's.

Airplane Geek adds: The fighters looked like F-14's to me, but the Air Force doesn't operate F-14's, Navy does.
Thanks to Jeremiah
When we see David calling his school in the grade-changing scene, you'll note that he dials on a telephone and couples the handset to the modem ("accoustically coupled modem") -- but in the next scene in his room w/ Jennifer, the computer is "wardialing" for protovision. Wardialing involves a sequence of dial, listen for carrier, if detected, log, terminate and dial next number. This requires that the modem be able to both "hang up" and "dial" which is not possible with an accoustically coupled modem.
Thanks to Jonathan
In the arcade, where David is playing Galaga and talking to Jennifer, his ship is destroyed and the next screen shows a game over display. But, if you look at the screen directly before he is blown up, he still has three lives left.
Thanks to 80'sRocked
When Jennifer tells David to "Hop on" the moped her lips do not move.
Thanks to 80'sRocked
When Joshua is running through nuclear war scenarios at NORAD, a few of the scenarios are listed as "Palistinian" examples, which is incorrect spelling. The correct spelling is "Palestinian".
Thanks to 80'sRocked
In a scene as the camera passes around the WOPR computer, it stops at a point where you can see a crewmen in a red shirt trying to hide out of sight of the camera behind the computer.
Thanks to john s
In the movie, you get to see a walk-arround view of the W.O.P.R., but you never see where the 'GAME TIME REMAINING' display is located after David starts playing "GLOBAL THERMONUCLAER WAR".
Thanks to Bill Harris
In the scene where the plane carrying David lands at the Oregon Airport, the sound of a Jet is heard but the aircraft pictured is a prop engined aircraft. No sounds of a propeller driven aircraft is heard.
Thanks to DD
In the scene where David is upstairs and Joshua calls him back. Joshua says your a hard man to reach and enjoyed playing yesterday. They had just started the game the previous day yet the monitor says game progress is 31 minutes. The most it could have been was 23 hours 59 minutes.
Thanks to sam
At the beginning when Mckittrick is talking to the government suits and the general, his hair goes from neatly styled to windblown and then back to neatly styled in several instances.
Thanks to Leogemetro
In the scenarios listing that WOPR makes, it says Angentina Escalation it should put "Argentinian, Argentine or Argentina".

Bogus Blunders

Sometimes an apparent goof is not a real mistake

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "WarGames".
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