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What movies do you associate most with Atari? For me it's the obvious. Raiders Of The Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Cloak & Dagger, Krull, and The Last Starfighter. Of course there's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Batman Returns on Lynx. But most of all, it will always be Superman. How about you? What movies remind you most of fond memories of Atari?

 

 

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8 minutes ago, RickR said:

Bladerunner  

That's a great one! Atari Industrial Designer Regan Cheng has always cited Blade Runner and Syd Mead's work on Blade Runner in particular as a big influence on Atari's product design. And who can forget seeing the Atari Fuji pop up in Blade Runner? Hard to believe that's supposed to be this year.

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Another movie I always associate with Atari, although indirectly, is Poltergeist. There's an Atari 2600 on top of the TV set that Carol Anne is drawn to. Also Poltergeist feels so connected to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, it's almost as if they exist in the same universe. For me, anything to do with E.T. has always been a reminder of Atari. They were both filmed around the same time, in the same area featuring similar houses, and both were Spielberg films. Poltergeist was directed by Tobe Hooper, but it's long been thought that Spielberg "directed Poltergeist through Tobe Hooper".

A clause in his contract with Universal Studios prevented Spielberg from directing any other film while preparing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Time and Newsweek tagged the summer of 1982 "The Spielberg Summer" because E.T. and Poltergeist were released a week apart in June. Suggestions that Spielberg had greater directorial influence than the credits suggest were aided by his comments: "Tobe isn't ... a take-charge sort of guy. If a question was asked and an answer wasn't immediately forthcoming, I'd jump in and say what we could do. Tobe would nod agreement, and that became the process of collaboration." The Directors Guild of America "opened an investigation into the question of whether or not Hooper's official credit was being denigrated by statements Spielberg has made, apparently claiming authorship." Co-producer Frank Marshall told the Los Angeles Times that "the creative force of the movie was Steven. Tobe was the director and was on the set every day. But Steven did the design for every storyboard and he was on the set every day except for three days when he was in Hawaii with Lucas."

 

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How about TV shows? As a 7800 owner, I noticed the 7800 being played in My Two Dads and being sold in a store in Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

As far as movies go, growing up it would have to be Krull. I owned the game before I knew the film existed.

Nowadays I'd go with Cloak & Dagger. It's basically the Atari version of The Wizard.

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