So 'Hacker' writes a program which then starts re-writing itself inexplicably. It becomes conscious. It creates a voice for itself. Authorities are chasing Hacker and his girlfriend all over the city. I don't think the program was evil, just mis-understood. At some point I think the program called Hacker on a payphone. That is all I can remember.

  • Are you sure it isn't Wargames? That features a teenage hacker and a payphone scene as well as a scene where the computer phones the protagonist – Valorum May 8 '14 at 18:54
  • There's also a scene where David gives the program a voice with a voice simulator – Valorum May 8 '14 at 19:09
  • It wasn't Wargames. This computer asked the kid to hook up a speaker and the computer sampled the kid's voice and so it sounded like the kid. I don't think nukes were a factor in the movie. – Steve May 8 '14 at 19:17
  • To the person who edited: you can add an answer. Commenting takes 15 reputation. – The Fallen May 9 '14 at 22:28
  • Steve, instead of editing your own post, mark the correct answer as "accepted". – Valorum May 9 '14 at 22:35

Building on Nico's answer above, it sounds like you're describing "Hide and Seek", a 1984 made-for-TV film based on the short story The Adolescence of P-1

"A hacker...creates an artificial intelligence named P-1, which goes rogue and takes over computers in its desire to survive and seek out its creator..."

As you can see from the (bad) screencap below, the computer creates a voice by listening to the hero's phone calls and sampling them. Although the character's name is Gregory, he's certainly referred to as a "hacker" within the film and there is also a scene where he uses a payphone.

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You can view the trailer below.


I believe it is the TV adaptation of The Adolescence of P-1. It predate War Games as Hide and Seek

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