A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top-secret super-computer that 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 III. Can he convince the computer that he just wanted to play a video game and not the real thing?
"WarGames weaves a complex web of personalities and puzzles...The movie absorbs us on emotional and intellectual levels at the same time. And the ending, a moment of blinding and yet utterly elementary insights, is wonderful." - Roger Ebert.
"An exciting, giddily entertaining movie...Brilliant, funny and provocative." – New York Magazine.
"It's a fast, funny, timely and highly suspenseful rollercoaster ride through the world of electronics and computers that should empty every video-game arcade in the nation for months to come. WARGAMES is both a crackling adventure movie and a wry commentary on technology versus humanity." - Richard Freedman, Newhouse Newspapers.
Runtime: 100 min. Watch trailer here.
WarGames is being shown in conjunction with The Art of Video Games on view June 16 – September 29.
Cost: FREE for Museum Members, $5 Non-members. Tickets available here.