"Shall we play a game?" Rewetting this film now, it's obvious to me now that this is an old school cold war thriller along the lines of "Seven Days in May" or "Fail-Safe" but with a modern high tech twist. And by modern, I mean 1980s high tech, which dial up modems and monochrome computer monitors. The antiquated technololgy is part of this film's charm, but even without that, the film stands on it's own. Matthew Broderick plays a bright underachiever who wants to hack into a computer game maker company to play their new unreleased games, but inadvertently breaks into NORAD Command Center to accidentally put the US on the brink of WWIII when he decides plays Global Thermonuclear War with his girlfriend, Ally Sheedy. One thing that I really like about this film is that it celebrates people who are smart, which is actually kind of a rarity among films starring teenager. How can you not love seeing Broderick do some old school phone hacking with two very antiquated items, a pay phone and a soda can pull-tab. The film is exciting, has a fast pace and an excellent cast, which includes Dabney Coleman, John Wood, James Tolkan, Maury Chaykin & Eddie Deezen ("Remember you told me to tell you when you were acting rudely and insensitively? Remember that? You're doing it right now."), Art LaFleur, Michael Madsen in a bit part and Barry Corbin as the NORAD commander who steals every single scene that he's in. There's a good computery score by Arthur B. Rubinstein, sharp photography by William A. Fraker and memorable sets by Angelo P. Graham, particularly the NORAD command center. Walon Green also reportedly did uncredited script doctoring on this film, though the writers of this film also went on to write the equally classic hacker film, "Sneakers", although that film was also worked on by the very smart Phil Alden Robinson. I consider this film very much a classic among cold war films and computer hacker films. A terrific film all around. Oh, and this film also contains the first cinematic use of the term "firewall."