Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
he was the victim of a car crash. As Jennifer says to David: "Wow. This is really sad. Did you know that the child and his mother were killed in a car crash?"
|Stephen Falken named the "war games" computer that he designed after his son, who died tragically at a young age. What was the name of his late son, which became, in effect, the name of the WOPR computer?||"WarGames" For Diehards
Joshua. Joshua and his mother -- Falken's wife -- were killed in a car crash. It's strongly suggested that this accident is what drove Falken to denounce his government work and request a quiet "death" from the United States Department of Defense, for whom he worked for many years.
|According to David's research, how old was Stephen Falken (John Wood) when he allegedly died?||"WarGames" For Diehards
41. When David tells Jennifer that Falken is dead, she states, as she watches video footage of Falken, that he "wasn't very old." David says, "Oh, he was old. He was forty-one." "Oh," says Jennifer. "That's old."
Falken, of course, is not dead at all -- his "death" was arranged by the United States Department of Defense at his request, in order to give him some peace, presumably.
333. I'm not sure if we ever get the name of the street, but we definitely see "333" emblazoned on the front of the Lightman house when Jennifer stops by to visit David during (after?) her jog.
|During David's quest to find library material related to Stephen Falken, he comes across an article (on microfiche!) that Falken wrote with John McKittrick. David later uses a word from this article's title on his computer in the hopes that it will be the password required to open the "back door" to Falken's system. What is the word?||"WarGames" For Diehards
armageddon. The name of the article is "Poker and Armageddon: The Role of Bluffing in a Nuclear Standoff." The article appeared in "Atlantic Monthly", and was co-authored by Falken and McKittrick.
|David stumbles upon his first clue to the mystery before him because the programmer he is investigating has included his name in the title of a game. What is the name of the game?||"WarGames" For Diehards
Falken's Maze. After David gets the name "Falken's Maze" in the list of games provided by the computer he thinks is housing ProtoVision's game database, he goes on to learn everything he can about that game's creator, Stephen Falken.
|Thanks to the computer records discovered by John McKittrick, to what location does he believe that David Lightman is planning to travel in the near future?||"WarGames" For Diehards
Paris, France. David, after having tapped into the Pan Am database, makes reservations for two to Paris (which he by no means intends to keep) in an attempt to impress Jennifer Mack. McKittrick, upon discovering this reservation, takes it literally, and suspects David of being some kind of spy with international connections.
|The mess that David finds himself in comes about because he is trying to break into a toy company called ProtoVision. At one point, he tells his computer to "call" every modem in the general vicinity of ProtoVision's location. As a result, he "finds" a number of computers. Which company or corporation does he NOT gain access to by the end of this search?||"WarGames" For Diehards
ProtoVision. The first computer that David's computer reports is a bank. "Have to make a note of that," David says. "Could come in handy someday." His computer then grants him access to Pan-American's reservation computer.
Ironically, he never gains access to ProtoVision, the company that spurred his search in the first place.
Washington. It's made quite clear several times that David lives in Seattle, WA.
Century 21. David's mother (Susan Davis) is wearing the distinctive jacket and name tag of a Century 21 employee early in the film, as she is apparently talking a prospective customer via telephone into viewing a house.
|David has a fairly sophisticated home computer set-up, by 1983 standards. What is the brand name of his disk drive and at least one other component that makes up his computer set-up?||"WarGames" For Diehards
IMSAI. David's disk drive -- an 8-inch floppy, by the way -- is clearly marked with the IMSAI logo, as is a device sitting atop his monitor that seems to be a voice box. (It actually looks a lot like a modern router or hub, but it couldn't be either in 1983, right? Any old school computer specialists out there know what that thing was?)
|David has a golden retriever who takes a special liking to Jennifer. What is this dog's name?||"WarGames" For Diehards
Bo. Ally Sheedy apparently had no objection to letting this dog lick her open mouth. Takes all kinds, I guess.
|The only real friend that David seems to have at school is Jennifer Mack (Ally Sheedy). What is Jennifer's primary mode of transportation?||"WarGames" For Diehards
moped. Jennifer gives David a ride home at one point on her moped. She also jogs on occasion, but is never seen utilizing any of the other vehicles mentioned.
|David is able to alter his grades via computer because he knows the password used by the school's administrative staff. The active password at the time of his hacking is "pencil," but we see him glancing at a list of both present and past passwords used by the school. Which is NOT one of them?||"WarGames" For Diehards
"merits". David sneaks a peek at the list of passwords -- scribbled onto a piece of paper that has been taped to a plank-slash-drawer just outside the principal's office -- while waiting to be reprimanded by the principal. One has to wonder if he got into trouble with Liggett intentionally just to get access to the newest password!
biology. David delivers the film's best zinger to Mr. Liggett, his biology teacher, upon being asked, "Who first came up with the idea of reproduction without sex?" David's response: "Um...your wife?" An oldie, but a goodie.
|David asks a young boy to take over his "Galaga" game once he realizes that he (David) is late for school. What is this boy's name?||"WarGames" For Diehards
Howie. Howie winds up with a "GAME OVER" message less than thirty seconds after David's departure, sadly.
|John McKittrick (Dabney Coleman) suggests to the NSA that control over actual launch commands be removed from human hands and placed into the venue of a super-computer that spends all of its time thinking about and planning World War III. This computer is referred to as "The Whopper," due to the acronym that labels it as "WOPR." What, exactly, does "WOPR" stand for?||"WarGames" For Diehards
War Operation Plan Response. I wouldn't normally be a stickler about such a detail, but we do see the words comprising the WOPR's actual name multiple times in the film. I, for one, would have sworn that WOPR stood for "War OperationS PlanNED Response" until re-screening the film again recently, if that makes anyone feel any better...
|We learn early in the film that several "false alarms" were sprung upon military personnel all across the country, and that a certain percentage of ranking officers charged with launching nuclear missile strikes upon the USSR failed to commit to such a significant course of action despite their training and orders. According to the NSA representative who visits NORAD early in the film, what percentage of missile commanders failed to approve the ordered launch?||"WarGames" For Diehards
22%. Stated clearly by the NSA operative during the meeting in which John McKittrick suggests an alternate, computer-controlled plan.
|What game does David enlist the computer to play in order to prevent it from completing the game of Global Thermonuclear War?||"Wargames" (1983)
Tic-Tac-Toe. David initiates a game of tic-tac-toe with zero players, meaning that the computer must play against itself. Since the game, correctly played, always ends in a draw, the computer cannot complete any launch sequence. In summary, the computer says, "The only winning move is not to play," in reference to Global Thermonuclear War. "How about a nice game of chess?"
|David discovers the password, gaining access to the WOPR account. The computer asks David if he would like to play a game. What game does David prefer to play?||"Wargames" (1983)
Global Thermonuclear War. David suggests to the computer that he would like to play Global Thermonuclear War. The computer responds, "Wouldn't you prefer a good game of chess?" David says, "Later." "Let's play Global Thermonuclear War." The computer says, "Fine." "Which side do you want?" David says that he will take the Russians.
Go to the first game on the list. (Falken's Maze). Malvin, while arguably socially inept, knows about computers. He says, "You guys are so dumb. I got this thing all figured out by myself." He says to go to the first game on the list. "Go right through Falken's Maze."
|David visits a computer development company, where he has some friends. David shows his printout to Jim, one of the programmers. Malvin (Eddie Deezen) suggests that it is a military site and they will never get in. Jim says that there might be a 'back door', much to Malvin's chagrin. Malvin has a fit. Jim chastises Malvin and calls him a name. What does he call Malvin?||"Wargames" (1983)
"Mr. Potato Head". Jim and Malvin are programmers at a high-tech company. David shows the printout to Jim. Malvin grabs the printout from Jim, but Jim chastises Malvin for his rudeness. Malvin immediately suggests that it is a highly encrypted site. Jim says that even though one couldn't get through the front security system, there might be a "back door." Malvin scolds Jim for talking about the concept of a back door in front of other people. Jim says, "Mr. Potato Head!, Mr. Potato Head. Back doors are not secrets!" He goes on to say that when he creates a system, he incorporates a password that only he knows about, so that he can get into the system if he needs to.
|Having been sent to the office to discuss his attitude problem with the principal, David divines the password to the school's administrative program. He decides to change his grade and wants to change Jennifer's grade, as well, but she objects. Does David, in fact, change Jennifer's grade in Biology?||"Wargames" (1983)
Yes. Purportedly, David acquiesces and says that he will not change Jennifer's grade. After she leaves his room, however, he changes her grade to an "A." Later, she is quite thankful.
|David arrives late for biology class. He is gratuitously handed his test back, which has a grade of 'F'. The biology teacher poses the question: "Who first suggested the idea of reproduction without sex?" What is David's reply?||"Wargames" (1983)
"Your wife?". There is a lot of giggling in the classroom. The teacher wants to know what the humor is all about. He asks Miss Mack (Ally Sheedy) what is so funny. The teacher says, "Alright, Lightman, perhaps you can tell us who suggested the idea of reproduction without sex." David blithely replies, "your wife." The teacher is not amused and orders David to leave. "Get out, Lightman, get out."
Seattle. The famous Space Needle can be seen in the background as the film shifts to David playing video games in an arcade. As usual, he is late for school and asks a younger friend to take over his video game.
|Dr. John McKittrick (Dabney Coleman) believes that the defense system should be improved. What is his suggestion?||"Wargames" (1983)
Human personnel should be replaced with computer relays from WOPR.. McKittrick says that, "I think we ought to take the men out of the loop." He suggests that some of the men that are responsible for turning the keys, in order to launch the missiles, are simply not up to the task. He wants the entire task to be automated.
|In the opening scene, we see a couple of Air Force Officers receiving a message. Under what capacity do these officers work?||"Wargames" (1983)
They are missile launch officers.. They are missile launch officers. A command has been received to launch missiles. Both officers must turn their keys in order to execute a launch. The captain hesitates and the other officer threatens him with deadly force.