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Modems in the Movies: the early years

Classic tech movie moments from the 80s and 90s

In 1980s movies, modems had the power to change high school grades, wreck laboratories, and even spark global nuclear conflict. Here are some classic and silly modem movie moments from a time before the technology caught on.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

In yet another great geeky appearance from teen star Matthew Broderick, the movie's namesake uses the computer that his parents bought him to hack in to his school's network and change his attendance record before spending the day on the town with his love interest.

The Net (1995)

By the mid 1990s, the Internet had become a staple of tech-savvy American life. The Net, featuring Sandra Bullock as Angela Bennett, coupled fear of Big Brother and the rise of the internet. While on vacation, Angela stumbles into a web of corporate espionage, and the internet soon becomes her worst enemy.

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