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Films to See Before You Die: #65 TRON


TRON (1982)

Director: Stephen Lisberger

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan, David Warner

Synopsis: Video game programmer Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), works for Encom under Edward Dillinger (David Warner) and he has developed a program that can police the Master Control Program. After learning of this Dillinger has Bradley’s clearance revoked so her cannot load his program TRON. Allan’s girlfriend Lora (Cindy Morgan), convinces him to go talk to former Encom programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). Flynn was fired years ago by Dillinger after Flynn accused Dillinger of stealing games he had programmed and claimed as his own but Flynn couldn’t prove these claims. Allan and Lora convince Flynn to help them break into Encom so Allan can load TRON and Flynn can prove Dillinger stole his games. While inside Encom Flynn gets pulled into the computer world where he has to fight for his life beside TRON to stop Master Control Program.

Trivia: All the live action that occurred inside the computer was filmed in black and white, and colorized later with photographic and rotoscopic techniques. While computer animation was used in several scenes, the technology did not exist for a shot to contain both live actors and computer animation. Live-action shots were combined with hand-drawn animation. Strong editing, such as with the light cycle chase, created an apparently seamless blend of actors and computer animation.

Why I think you should see this: It’s TRON and he fights for the users how could you not want to see this? This movie is a landmark because it is the first film to effectively use CGI something that is commonplace in films today. This film was not eligible for the special effects Oscar because the Academy felt that using computer generated images for effects was cheating. This film is also a chance to see a pre-Dude Jeff Bridges work his magic. A very entertaining film and I recommend you check out the sequel if you enjoy this one.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

One response to “Films to See Before You Die: #65 TRON

  1. I watched the latest one recently but don’t think I ever saw the original. It would be good to “go back in time” so to speak and see it. Kim*

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