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TRON (1982)

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

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Tony Stephano ...
Peter / Sark's Lieutenant
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Vince Deadrick Jr. ...
Warrior #2 (as Vince Deadrick)
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Expert Disc Warrior
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Hacker/arcade owner Kevin Flynn is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate known as Master Control and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the ultimate blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron to outmaneuver the Master Control Program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,761,795 (USA) (11 July 1982)

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$33,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn / Clu) and Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley / Tron) are the only actors to appear in both TRON (1982) and Tron (2010). See more »

Goofs

In real life, a bit has two states: on and off. The bit that Flynn meets has three states. When at rest it is a different looking character than when it says, "yes," and when it says, "no." The at rest state is a complex, many faceted block-ish character. The "yes" state looks like two 4 sided pyramids joined at their bases (octohedron). The "no" phase is a very spiky, star-like shape. See more »

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[first lines]
Boy in Video Game Arcade: All right, give me room. Here we go.
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A section of the end credits is in Taiwanese. See more »

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19 September 2000 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

"Tron" is not for everyone.

This first sentence should make you think that "Tron" is a cult movie. Well, maybe it is. My parents abhor it. My sister detests it. But my friends, who were born in the early 70s (very early, actually) and me see it as an amazing piece of work.

Is it stunning? Yes, even though more than half of the film is colorized b&w. Is it computer animated? Yes, although I am betting your home PC might be able to render the images you will see there without any problem. Maybe not in real time, but almost. Is it special? You bet. Even though CGI had been tried before, Tron took it to the next logical step: creating whole CGI rendered scenes (e.g. tanks, cycles, Recognizers).

The film is confusing at times, and 18 years later you can safely say the script wasn't actually the best. On the light of the Internet, though, it all makes a lot more sense, and it plainly demonstrates that the writers really loved computers. In fact, they were so ahead of their times that I am betting too many people who saw it the first time didn't understand it. That was its failure: only computer geeks could get the whole picture (no pun intended).

Still, I guess Toy Story I and II are the direct development of Tron. And that cannot be bad in any way.


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