WARGAMES
1983, MGM/Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Gentlemen, please: no video-gaming in the war room. For Matthew Broderick's seminal teen computer hacker, coming of age, saving the world and getting Ally Sheedy mean accidentally triggering World War III (and causing big headaches for the likes of Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin). Director John Badham's tale of a boy, his modem and Armageddon is as suspenseful - and unnerving - as ever. With a score by Arthur B. Rubinstein.


ELECTION
1999, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Payne

Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon face off in Alexander Payne’s devilish satire of high school politics. Overachieving control freak Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) runs unopposed for student body president, while civics teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) looks on queasily at her monopoly, and ultimately convinces unassuming jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to give the chirpy blonde a democratic run for the title. Payne received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film's caustically funny dialogue.


LADYHAWKE
1985, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

Rutger Hauer is perfectly cast as dashing knight Etienne Navarre, with Michelle Pfeiffer as his beautiful true love Lady Isabeau. Navarre is cursed to take the form of a hawk by day. When Navarre rescues a young thief named Mouse (Matthew Broderick), events are set in motion that will bring justice to the wicked and reunite the cursed lovers in this enthralling medieval epic. Great supporting work by veteran actor Leo McKern as Father Imperius the Monk, and a very young Alfred Molina. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro makes stunning use of the Italian locations, and The Alan Parsons Project-produced rock score, which some thought dated at the time, actually ages quite nicely.


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