Classic Movie Trailer: Tron (1982)

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Flick Nation Presents … a selection of curated classic movie trailers.

And when we say “classic,” that doesn’t mean the movie was necessarily good, but has endured the test of time. Sure, maybe it’s one of the greatest flicks ever … or maybe it’s a movie that’s so awesome that it should have endured. Either way, consider the next two minutes of your life as homework for your streaming queue.

The summer of 1982 saw more classic released inside of three months than most years!

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Blade Runner. Conan the Barbarian. The Road Warrior. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Poltergeist. Rocky III. An Officer and a Gentleman. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The Thing. All released within three months.

And then there was Tron, Disney’s expensive groundbreaking visual feast written and directed by Steven Lisberger. Jeff Bridges played a computer programmer transported inside the software world of a mainframe computer where he interacts with programs in his attempt to escape. Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, and Barnard Hughes starred in supporting roles.

The film was a moderate success at the box office, and received positive reviews from critics who praised the groundbreaking visuals and acting. However, the storyline was criticized at the time for being incoherent. Tron received nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Sound at the 55th Academy Awards, and received the Academy Award for Technical Achievement fourteen years later. Over time, Tron developed into a cult film and eventually spawned a franchise, which consists of multiple video games, comic books and an animated television series.

A sequel titled Tron: Legacy directed by Joseph Kosinski was released on December 17, 2010, with Bridges and Boxleitner reprising their roles, and Lisberger acting as producer.

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