Thursday, February 4, 2010

1970s Movie Hackers

Interestingly only one movie from the 1970s successfully made it into the list based on the criteria outlined above, that movie is Star Wars (1977). As mentioned previously, Star Wars features several scenes where R2D2 hacks into the Death Star computer systems and does everything from locating Princess Leia in the Detention Block, to controlling the garbage compactor. An honourable mention must go to The Conversation (1974) featuring Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, a paranoid surveillance expert, who is hired to monitor a couple's conversation and becoming increasingly worried over the actual meaning of the conversation. The movie does feature a range of themes that parallel the hacker scenario, but since no computer hacking is actually featured, it is not included on the list. Ironically a screenshot from this movie does feature in a later entry in the list, Enemy of the State (1998).

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