Tron
Tron
One of the earliest feature films to reflect the video-game craze of the 1980s, Disney's Tron stars Jeff Bridges as computer programmer Kevin Flynn, who becomes part of the very game that he's programming. Flynn's principal antagonist is his glory-grabbing boss, Ed Dillinger (David Warner), who likewise metamorphoses into a video-game character. The title character, a computer-generated superhero, is played by Bruce Boxleitner. Though antiquated by 1990s standards, Tron represented the last word in special effects back in 1982. Surprisingly, despite its long-range influence on the movie industry, the film was a box-office disappointment when first released.

Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes

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Year: 1982
Running Time: 96 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: PG

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00:00:44
Flynn's Arcade is actually 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA.

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00:09:10
This "desktop" computer is actually a rear-projector system, with the film makers turning different segments on and off to match Dilliger's movements.

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Dillinger mentions that the character "Walt" started ENCOM in his garage. TRON was released by Walt Disney Productions. Walt Disney's first studio was in his Uncle Robert's garage at 4406 Kingswell Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. (The garage was moved to the Garden Grove Historical Society.)

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"Gort, Klaatu barada nikto" is seen on a banner in Alan's cubicle. It originated in the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951). It was also used in "Army of Darkness" (1992). The meaning is unknown, but has become a popular phrase in the science fiction world.

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00:33:29
Sark's hands are NOT on the control handles, but when the angle cuts to the front view, his hands ARE on the handles.

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00:36:21
The "identity disk" that stores everything a 'program' learns, has become commonplace for computer users today - where disks store all of our 'information'.

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00:37:43
The identity disks are actually Frisbees.

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00:45:23
Notice "Pac-Man" on the screen to the right.

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00:52:10
Any scene with human actors has no camera movement. Each shot had several pieces of film in order to create the layers that would be animated and have manual special effects added later. If the cameras moved, it would be impossible to line up the angles needed.

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01:08:29
Yori / Lora's helmet is the rounded "female" version here, but in the next scene on the Solar Sailer, she's wearing the "male" 'hockey helmet' version.

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Notice the "Hiden Mickey" behind the Solar Sailer. It's very large, but you can easily make out Mickey's profile.

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