Movie audiences have the opportunity to check out one of the biggest summer box office hits of 1983, "WarGames," when the computer thriller returns to theaters across the country for a one-night presentation Thursday as a prelude to the release of the 25th anniversary DVD on July 29. The event will also feature interviews with stars Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy.
"It's exciting to have something that hangs in there that people just want to see, as opposed to something that just sort of sinks in the swamp," says "WarGames" director John Badham. He says he was drawn to Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes' clever script (nominated for an Oscar) about a teenage computer hacker who accidentally breaks into the Defense Department and nearly starts World War III.
"What I read was a really exciting story about a young boy in way over his head and not understanding at all what he was into," says Badham.
Just as Badham had directed John Travolta to movie stardom in 1977's "Saturday Night Fever," he put Broderick on the cinema map with "WarGames."