November 4, 2004

Name That Movie 11

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Posted by James at November 4, 2004 8:53 AM
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The movie where the kid who plays video games starts World War III. What was that called?

Posted by: Patti M. at November 4, 2004 8:56 AM

That was Wargames. This is something else. I know what it is (no question about it), but I don't want to spoil it for others (like Chuck for example).

I sent an extra copy of this movie to a lonely soldier in Iraq.

I will tell you that the game she's playing is called Space Wars.

Posted by: Julie at November 4, 2004 9:28 AM

Yes, but I expect Chuck will get this right away.

Posted by: James at November 4, 2004 9:32 AM

Is it "Night of the Comet?" I remember that started with the girl at the movie theater playing a video game and being pissed that someone else had beaten her high score.

Posted by: David Grenier at November 4, 2004 9:48 AM

Okay, I've studied the image long and hard and I have no idea what I'm looking at. The words on the monitor at the bottom in blue are "{something} SPACE". I don't know what the "something" is... CONQUER? CAPTURE? Too small and blurry.

However, the big protruding curvy case around what is clearly an ancient CRT, and the oval thing on the left suggest to me a 70's era film. This looks very much what someone from the 70's thought the future would look like. That looks like 70's hair to me too. The only other clue is that dark khaki brown cloth below the hairline, of which only a smidge is visible.

I'm assuming this is a sci-fi flick of some sort... I know they wore khaki brown uniforms on Battlestar Galactica, but I don't think this is Battlestar Galactica. The style of the monitor and furniture reeks of like Space 1999 or Buck Rogers, but I don't think it's either of those.

It ain't Wargames. That's definitely not Ally Sheedy... she's a brunette isn't she? This person looks like a redhead. Jeeze, I think I would remember this image, but I don't.

I'm going to cast out two wild guesses at this point and admit that I need the second image.

1. Logan's Run
2. Sleeper

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 4, 2004 10:06 AM

Wow, CSI Chuck!

Posted by: Patti M. at November 4, 2004 10:16 AM

My wild guesses are Silent Running and 2001: A Space Odyssey, both strangely appropriate for a open-minded but lonely soldier.

Posted by: Mike at November 4, 2004 10:27 AM

Aw, Chuck. I'm disappointed. I thought this was one of your most favorite movies!

As for Logan's Run, the only permissable clothing colors were pink/red, green, yellow, and black.

Come on, PEOPLE!

Posted by: Julie at November 4, 2004 10:34 AM

Sorry. The game was actually called Computer Space. My bad. The founders went on to create Atari and Pong. Spacewar was a forerunner and Space Wars was a descendant.

(spoiler alert - mentions the name of the movie)

You can also see a Computer Space unit in "Jaws."

For more about Spacewar, Computer Space, etc., read here:

It's a great story.

Posted by: at November 4, 2004 10:49 AM

Soylent Green?

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 4, 2004 10:52 AM

Yes. Playing video games and being able to smoke two, three cigarettes a day was one of the fringe benefits of being a furniture girl.

Posted by: Julie at November 4, 2004 11:01 AM

i also will throw out 2 wild guesses:

1) Braveheart
2) The Care Bears Movie

Posted by: ryan at November 4, 2004 12:21 PM

Second image is up there. Discuss.

Posted by: James at November 4, 2004 12:23 PM

OK - now that I've read the comments, I see that the movie has been guessed (and Julie has an interesting link to the info behind that computer game)

I'll go and add the 3rd image, just for those interested.

Posted by: James at November 4, 2004 12:31 PM

Yeah, that's Soylent Green. Julie, just to correct a misconception, Soylent Green is not one of my favorite movies and I've only seen it twice (once as a child, and once as an adult about 10 years ago). However I think it is goofy, and so I like to quote lines from it every now and then.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 4, 2004 12:36 PM

BTW, at least I was right about the era! 70's. My own name-that-movie post also features an older film... check it out.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 4, 2004 12:41 PM

My mistake. Well, it's one of my favorites. Hell, I think it's our future, sort of. Not so much the secret wafer ingredient, but the pollution, overpopulation, and the concept of corporations being willing to do literally anything to bleed the last few cents out of every last human being.

On the bright side, it's refreshing to see how highly they value recycling.

Posted by: Julie at November 4, 2004 12:53 PM

well, if it's not "night of the comet" then it's "the last starfighter"


Posted by: Rui at November 4, 2004 1:47 PM

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