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Hans 2021 Movie Draft: Round Twelve-Pick Four-Tron 1982

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Hanspostcard has a movie draft challenge. This is my Round Twelve and final pick. Thanks for the invitation, Hans!

Category: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Film: Tron

This has been my worst category as I love science fiction anything. I have struggled over these past six months trying to pick just one. My choice would change, daily. I finally settled on one that is part of my teen years and became a cultural cult classic. I still have the sticker that I got when I went to see this at the theater in 1982. Like The Breakfast Club, this movie means something to me. Released the summer before my junior year, this movie got me interested in computers and graphics. There is also the memory of a scene I saw in the original release at the theater, that disappeared in subsequent showings on HBO, TV and the VHS tapes, and made me crazy:

The 20th Anniversary DVD edition includes a deleted love scene: Tron and Yori go to her apartment, where she pushes a button on the wall. [T]he walls [disappear] and her uniform changes into a different costume. Also included are a partially completed “morning after” scene…(all dialog tracks for this short scene are lost).

IMDb

All the data on the Internet states that the scene was removed from the final cut. I beg to differ. I distinctly remember seeing them go to her “apartment.” That being said, what I remember from the scene is a little different from the “official deleted scene” (she glowed, her hair was blowing around and her helmet floated off her head). I think a shortened version of that scene was released to theaters and when the movie was released to HBO & VHS tapes, they wiped all of it out. This is a very clear memory. The prologue to the movie, when released to theaters, was also removed. The “original” opening monologue (that I’ve never heard) was restored in the 20th Anniversary DVD. ~Vic

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Photo Credit: IMDb & Amazon

Directed by Steve Lisberger, the screenplay was written by Charles S. Haas & Lisberger, adapted from the original story by Bonnie MacBird (whom is married to DARPA-connected computer scientist Alan Kay). Produced by Donald Kushner, it starred Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes, Dan Shor and Peter Jurasik and, was released July 9.

Kevin Flynn is a software engineer and an ex-employee at ENCOM. He runs a video arcade and tries to hack into ENCOM’s mainframe, looking for proof that his video games were plagiarized. The Master Control Program stops him. Programmer Alan Bradley and engineer Dr. Lora Baines, his girlfriend, discover that they have lost access to their projects. When Alan questions Senior Exec. VP Ed Dillinger about the restriction, Dillinger states that extra security is needed to stop outside hacking. When Alan leaves, Dillinger asks the MCP about the issues and realizes that the MCP has become a power-hungry virtual intelligence. Dillinger is blackmailed into complying with the MCP’s wishes due to his theft of Flynn’s material. Alan, Lora & Flynn break into ENCOM and Flynn winds up digitized inside the mainframe when the MCP uses an experimental laser to dissect him. Flynn must navigate his way around a strange digital landscape where all the programs resemble the users that created them and find his way back out.

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My sticker from 1982 and my date’s name
(high school classmate).

Trivia Bits:
♦ [T]he Motion Picture Academy refused to nominate Tron for a special-effects award because, as director Steven Lisberger put it, “The Academy thought we cheated by using computers”.
♦ Originally MacBird envisioned Flynn more comedically, suggesting the then-30-year-old Robin Williams for the role.
Bruce Boxleitner and Peter Jurasik would later work together on Babylon 5.
♦ Nine script revisions caused bitter credit disputes.
♦ Though it made $50 million from a $17 million budget and had $70 million in merchandise sales, it was considered a financial failure.
♦ The ENCOM laser bay was real. It was actually the target bay for the twenty-beam SHIVA solid-state laser facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
The soundtrack was primarily composed by Wendy Carlos with two additional tracks provided by Journey after Supertramp had to leave the project.

Additional Reading:
Bruce & Cindy Discuss Deleted Scenes (Beyond The Marquee/12-24-2013)
Tron Then and Now (Digital Content Producer/Archive/07-07-2012)
Deleted Love Scene (Fandom Wiki)
Tron 30th Anniversary Screening Review (Nuke The Fridge/10-30-2012)
Tron’s 20th Anniversary (SFGate/01-09-2002)

Awards & Nominations

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Opening Scene (Missing Prologue)

Officially Deleted Scene

Bruce Boxleitner & Cindy Morgan @ California Convention
(helmets coming off mentioned) 11-16-2013

Weird S*** Wednesday: We Do Geek

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In This House…

We believe in Magic, Superheroes, Poltergeists,
Dragons and Faeries.

Hedwig Frida Bredesen Unsplash Image One
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We go on Unexpected Journeys
through Middle Earth to Mordor
following Wormholes
to Galaxies Far, Far, Away
across Platform 9 3/4.

We believe in Once Upon A Time,
Worlds In Wardrobes,
Ruby Slippers and
we would never Hitchhike Without A Towel.

We do Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff,
Going Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before
because It’s Bigger On The Inside and
there’s Coffee In That Nebula.

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We Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts, are Mutant and Proud,
say Bazinga, Fantastic, Allons-y, Geronimo, Exterminate
and wonder if you’d like a Jelly Baby.

We Live Long and Prosper
knowing that The Truth Is Out There
while Saving People and Hunting Things.

We always wear our Utility Belts,
we Have Many Skills,
we Roll The Hard Six and
we are The Last Best Hope For Peace (and Victory).

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We Assemble and Defend,
are with you to The End Of The Line,
know The Answer To Everything is 42 and
with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.

We Fight For Truth and Justice against
The Walking Dead and
we will stop The First Wave
with the Threshold protocol.

We are Charmed, the Odds Are Ever In Our Favor
and the Stargᐰte will always take us home because
We Don’t Need Roads.

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We’re All Mad Here and
We Aim To Misbehave
because Winter Is Coming.

We are Divergent,
Guard With 12% Of A Plan
and Quantum Leap.

We are High-Functioning Sociopaths,
we know what the Frell is going on and
we don’t give a Frak, Bub.

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The Force Is With Us.
We don’t care what others think,
because in this house…

We Do Geek

We Love Pie
So Say We All