[after playing out all possible outcomes for Global Thermonuclear War]

Joshua: Greetings, Professor Falken.
Stephen Falken: Hello, Joshua.
Joshua: A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

Strangely powerful movie, having just re-watched it. It’s lost none of the power it had when I was a teenager and saw it for the first time. Granted, it was cheesier in retrospect, but the main idea is both powerful and on the dot, and the main sequence at the very end – when Joshua is going through all the possible scenarios is heart wrenching when considered in context.

I wonder if this is what Gardner might have meant by moral fiction?


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  1. An imdb search on the writers of this ageing hollywood teen classic, Lawrence Lasker & Walter F. Parkes , shows they also wrote “Sneakers”, another leftist romp. Lasker’s filmography shows he also produced “True Believer” and “Awakenings” , also samples of the humanist hollywood of the 80s.

  2. Yep, its memory still lingers.

  3. The production company that made Wargames in 1983, also made the Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai in the 8th dimension and Blame it on Rio in 1984. But that’s it apparently.

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