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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 program... read more read more...ming. 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002

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  • December 16, 2013
    I gave this a re-watch the other day before watching the sequel and I have to say I don't remember it being so nonsensical when I was a kid. I guess computers were new back then and we thought that anything was possible. It's dated quite a bit but good old nostalgia makes it an i... read morenteresting historical piece. I quite like the effects still but I guess it is now because they are retro. I'm rubbish with computers so I'm still very much impressed, although the story is still absolute rubbish.
  • April 11, 2013
    This is a landmark of special effects film, mixing some of the first computer animated sequences with real life action, creating one of the most unique looks a film has ever produced. Of course, especially after all the time that has passed, the plot does not have much more to of... read morefer than that and is somewhat generic. But the film itself is still entertaining enough after all these years. Some of the special effects sequences have gone down in movie history either way.
  • fb1341085175
    October 23, 2011
    It plays like an early 1980s EPCOT Center ride: visionary in an innocent way, charmingly retro, visually stunning in parts but also overstays its welcome and becomes an unexciting bore.
  • fb729949618
    September 18, 2011
    I'm sure this movie was awesome and groundbreaking in 1982, but having seen it in 2010 right before the new one, it seems very cheesy. Who knows, in 30 years the new Tron might look cheesy? All in all though, good idea for a movie and some descent acting.
  • September 13, 2011
    Yeah... This movie... Really isn't that good. Like, at all. It doesn't even really have the heart that some 80s films manage to exist from (like "Labyrinth"). The only thing this film has going for it are the special effects. The effects were revolutionary at the time, but, well.... read more.. I know the history of special effects like the back of my hand (never understood that expression, why would you KNOW the back of your hand, oh well, beside the point) and there is no denying how insanely important this film is. It features the first fully computer animated 3D sequences in a feature film, a huge landmark. But no matter how good "King Kong" (1933) looked back then, it still hasn't aged well, and Tron is NOT an exception. The once revolutionary effects have as much power as a screensaver (actually, stare at your computer's screen saver while listening to 80s synth music might be indistinguishable from the actual movie...). I guess what I'm trying to say is that this film survives exclusively on nostalgia, but it is worth seeing at least once, but only as a landmark. And nothing else.
  • August 12, 2011
    TRON was amazing.
  • July 6, 2011
    Looks really dated by now, but considering it was made in 1982, the special effects are quite impressive for their time. I'm sure audiences back then were just as amazed by its visuals as we are currently by its sequel. This has a somewhat better script, but overall I like Legacy... read more more. Mainly because of its amazing music, which the original lacks. Definitely worth checking out though, if you're interested to know how it all began. And Jeff Bridges is as cool as ever.
  • June 17, 2011
    Tron: "My User has information that could... that could make this a free system again! No, really! You'd have programs lined up just to use this place, and no MCP looking over your shoulder." Tron is a very cool sic-fi film that features some fun special effects. For the time, th... read moreey were some of the most impressive effects used and I still like how they hold up today. The plot is for the most part, not that important, but it is still there. It's a fun story and I never found a dull moment come across in the movie. Jeff Bridges is great in the lead role as Flynn. Tron was a lot better than I expected it to be and I look forward to seeing the new one.
  • April 30, 2011
    Im sure it was a surprise to everyone that saw it, on how creative it is, and how well they made it.
  • April 17, 2011
    I thought this movie was pretty good and seeing that it was made at 1982 the visual effects were decent enough to pull it off. The story is good and we have a young Jeff Bridges owning everyone in this movie. It has some very important facts related with Tron Legacy which are key... read more to understand the new movie so don't miss it.

    Programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has been swindled. His former colleague Ed Dillinger (David Warner) stole the ideas for several popular arcade games from Flynn. Flynn is sure that if he can get inside his old company, he can successfully crack the system and find the stolen code -- proving that it's his.

    His plan goes well at first. With help from Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) and Lora (Cindy Morgan), he gets into the company, and starts poking around the computer system. But he has not counted on Dillinger's powerful artificial intelligence, the Master Control Program (MCP). The MCP is self-aware, and instantly realizes what Flynn is up to. Rather than see his human patron ruined, the MCP uses an experimental laser to "digitize" Flynn, turning him into a computer file, which is then in at his mercy.

    All of the programs in the System appear to be humans, with the faces of their creators and glowing lines on their unisex costumes. SARK, a control program (who looks like Dillinger) is tasked with eliminating Flynn. The MCP wants Flynn to be run through a series of game programs, where he will be "de-res'd" (deleted) upon being defeated. Flynn, a pretty good video game player, survives his first challenge.

    He is imprisoned with TRON, a monitoring program Alan Bradley wrote, but that the MCP keeps safely locked away. Their next challenge gives them an opportunity to escape, and after defeating their MCP-allied opponents, they flee on "light-cycles." Flynn gradually learns that as a programmer, he has magic powers in this world. He is able to resurrect dying programs, rebuild broken vehicles, etc. Eventually, he decides to confront the MCP directly and heads toward the center of the system.

    In a climactic confrontation, Flynn and TRON assault the MCP and ultimately defeat it. At this point, the entire system comes alive, with the MCP's various security measures vanishing. Flynn is rematerialized, and TRON uncovers Dillinger's deceit. Dillinger is unseated from his high position, and Flynn takes his place.

Critic Reviews

Chris Nashawaty
April 7, 2011
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

For most people, TRON's importance is as a historical footnote. It's the Model T of our CGI age. But the film's fans are passionate ones. Full Review

Dave Kehr
June 4, 2007
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

It's a simple idea that ought to serve, but Lisberger's failures of pacing, structure, variation, and characterization ultimately make the film seem monotonous and distant. Full Review

Variety Staff
June 4, 2007
Variety Staff, Variety

Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement. Full Review

Geoff Andrew
June 24, 2006
Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Tron never reaches a level of excitement commensurate with its effects budget. Full Review

Roger Ebert
October 23, 2004
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A dazzling movie from Walt Disney in which computers have been used to make themselves romantic and glamorous. Here's a technological sound-and-light show that is sensational and brainy, stylish, and ... Full Review

Janet Maslin
August 30, 2004
Janet Maslin, New York Times

Its computer sequences exist in a blue-gray scheme filled with flashing lights, speeding objects and dizzying motion. Its visual effects are wonderfully new. They are also numbing after a while. Full Review

David Sterritt
April 2, 2014
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

Dazzling but lightweight. Full Review

Alan Jones
April 2, 2014
Alan Jones, Radio Times

It may seem somewhat dated these days, but it would probably be fair to credit this Disney movie with being the forerunner of the Toy Story movies. Full Review

April 2, 2014
Total Film

The visuals were groundbreaking and the famous light-cycle sequence is undeniably cool, but the years haven't been kind to the tech-talk script or offensive synth-mongous soundtrack. Full Review

April 2, 2014
People Magazine

Seeing it is like spending two hours in a hardware store gussied up with streamers and flashing lights. It's different, but it's not entertainment. Full Review

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    • Ed Dillinger/Sark: You should have joined me! We would've made a great team!
    • Kevin Flynn/Clu: Games? You want games, I'll give you games.
    • Lora/Yori: Leave me alone, we've failed.
    • Kevin Flynn/Clu: We're only gonna fail if we give up.
    • Ed Dillinger/Sark: Finish the game!
    • Kevin Flynn/Clu: No!
    • Ed Dillinger/Sark: Kill him!
    • Kevin Flynn/Clu: Greetings, programs!
    • Crom: You think you're gonna wipe me out, don't you?

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  • Long before The Matrix there was another film in which a man tries to free himself from a computer generated world. What was the title of this film?  Answer »
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