Is the War Games WOPR computer from the original movie or the sequel?

by Fong Sam

One of the marquee items in Premiere Props’s Hollywood Extravaganza VII Auction, slated for September 15-16, is the WOPR computer from WarGames (MGM, 1983). From Premiere’s catalog description:

“THE signature prop from the cult favorite 1983 John Badham sci-fi thriller ‘War Games,’ starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. This is the full size, original, screen used WOPR computer that started the war games and nearly triggered WWIII. The film is a cautionary tale about the reliance of man on computer technology, as teenage David (Broderick) decides to play a computer game by hacking into NORAD and unknowingly begins the countdown to Armageddon. The super computer WOPR (War Operations Plan Response), also known as Joshua, is the seminal prop from this film, and it doesn’t disappoint. The prop is full size, made with heavy resin and painted grey, with a myriad of wires that light up the front panel. The prop was constructed in Culver City, CA by members of IATSE local 44, and has been in the MGM archives ever since. Amazing that it has survived all these years. From the MGM studios. Oversized item. Additional Postage Required.”

Premiere is touting this item as the original WOPR from the 1983 movie. However, there is compelling evidence that it is actually from the 2008 straight-to-video sequel, WarGames: The Dead Code. The prop came from MGM’s Downtown LA lockup and features rust stains that matches what is seen in this scene from The Dead Code:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKiLwFJ5Exg

What do you think? If it’s from the 2008 sequel, is it worthy of the $40,000 – $60,000 pre-sale estimate?

(Thanks, Jack!)

 

(Photo credit: Premiere Props)