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Tron Legacy – Trailer

Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It stars Jeff Bridges in a dual role as the protagonist Kevin Flynn and one of his programs, “Clu”; Bruce Boxleitner in a dual role as security program Tron and Tron’s “User”, computer programmer Alan Bradley; Cindy Morgan in a dual role as program Yori and her “User”, Dr. Lora Baines; the late Barnard Hughes in a dual role as the tower guardian Dumont and his “User”, Dr. Walter Gibbs; Tony Stefano in a dual role as Ed Dillinger’s secretary Peter and Sark’s otherwise-nameless Lieutenant; and Dan Shor as Ram. David Warner plays all three main antagonists: the program Sark, his “User”, Ed Dillinger, and the voice of the artificially intelligent Master Control Program. The film also features cameo roles by Jackson Bostwick of Shazam! fame (as a guard program) and a pre-American Ninja Michael Dudikoff (who makes his acting debut as a video game-conscript).

The film tells the story of Flynn as he attempts to hack into the ENCOM mainframe to prove that Dillinger has appropriated his work, but ends up being transported into the Digital World itself as a unique program/User. There, he teams up with Tron to defeat the Master Control Program, who has been controlling the Digital World.

Development of Tron began in 1976 when Lisberger became fascinated with Pong. Along with producer Donald Kushner, he set up an animation studio to develop Tron with the intention of making it an animated film. Lisberger decided to include live-action elements with the computer animation. Various film studios had rejected the storyboards for the film before the project was set up at Disney. There, backlighted animation was combined with the computer animation and live-action. Tron was released on July 9, 1982 in 1,091 theaters in the United States.

The film received positive reviews from critics. Critics praised the visuals and acting, but criticized the storyline. The film also was a box office success, grossing $33 million in the United States (approx. $74 million in 2010 dollars). Tron received nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Sound at the 55th Academy Awards, and received the Academy Award for Technical Achievement 14 years later. Over time, Tron developed into a cult film and eventually spawned into a franchise, which consists of multiple video games, comic books and an animated television series.A sequel titled Tron: Legacy was directed by Joseph Kosinski and was released on December 17, 2010; it also saw the return of Lisberger, Bridges, and Boxleitner to the franchise.

Tron was shown in 70mm in a number of cinemas across the USA and UK during 2011

Cast

Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a former employee of ENCOM and owner of an arcade which features several games that he created during his time at ENCOM. While trying to find evidence of his works, which have been stolen by Ed Dillinger, Flynn is transported into the digital world himself. Bridges also portrays Clu (Codified Likeness Utility), a hacking program intending to find evidence of Dillinger’s wrongdoing in the mainframe.
Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley, a friend of Kevin Flynn and employee of ENCOM. Boxleitner also plays Tron, a security program developed by Bradley.
David Warner as Ed Dillinger, the Senior Executive of ENCOM who stole Kevin Flynn’s games from the mainframe. Dillinger shuts down Group 7 access at ENCOM after a hacking attempt by Flynn is blocked. Warner also plays Sark, a command program, and provides the uncredited voice of the Master Control Program, an artificial intelligence created by Dr. Walter Gibbs and expanded by Dillinger.
Cindy Morgan as Dr. Lora Baines, Alan’s girlfriend and Flynn’s ex-girlfirend and co-worker at ENCOM. Morgan also plays Yori, a program created by Baines, and a confidante of Tron.
Barnard Hughes as Dr. Walter Gibbs, a founder and employee of ENCOM. Hughes also plays Dumont, a guardian program in the mainframe.
Dan Shor as Ram, an actuarial program for a big insurance company and close friend of Tron and Crom in the mainframe.
Peter Jurasik as Crom, an accounting program.

Box office

Tron was released on July 9, 1982, in 1,091 theaters grossing USD $4 million on its opening weekend. It went on to make $33 million in North America, moderately successful considering its $17-million budget

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