Wrong Is Right (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Thriller  |  16 April 1982 (USA)
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A satire of American news reporting, Covert Agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads TV Newsman Patrick ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Hale
George Grizzard ...
President Lockwood
Gen. Wombat
Sally Blake
Homer Hubbard
Rosalind Cash ...
Mrs. Ford
Helmut Unger (as Hardy Kruger)
King Awad
Cherie Michan ...
Tony March ...


A satire of American news reporting, Covert Agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads TV Newsman Patrick Hale on an international chase to track them down, and uncover the twisting maze of apparent involvement of US Government agencies. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Only Patrick Hale can prevent a desperate president, the head of the CIA, a trigger happy general, terrorists, an arms dealer, and religious fanatics from destroying our world, But he has other things on his mind. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

16 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man with the Deadly Lens  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,412,646 (USA) (14 May 1982)


$3,289,545 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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This movie has been likened to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) due to it being a dark satire black comedy on the subject nuclear / atomic warfare. Moreover, Mary Ann Brussat and Frederic Brussat at the 'Spirituality and Practice' website say that "Wrong is Right (the title included) resonates with George Orwell's black comic novel 1984." [See also Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984).] See more »


(at around 1 min) The design of the suitcase bombs is shown to President Lockwood. The bombs are said to contain plutonium, but the design shown fits the uranium bomb (the cannon design), not plutonium bomb (the fission sphere design) - a very distinctive difference President's aides should know. See more »


Young Girl: I'd rather live with the guilt than with my parents.
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Filmed in New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, New Mexico, France, Italy and Hagreb. [Hagreb is a fictional country featured in the movie, and France and Italy appear only in archive footage.] See more »


Spoofs Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Twenty Years Too Soon
3 April 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Reporter Sean Connery is hot on the trail of a terrorist seeking nuclear weapons. He's tracked by the CIA and other governmental agencies as well as various media outlets. Everyone manipulates everyone and in the end you're left wondering if there is anyone we can trust either in government or in the media.

When first released the film was a seemingly over the top spoof of the media and the governments uneasy relationship. No one could believe that this film was even remotely connected to reality and so they ignored it. I saw this film in a completely empty theater back in 1982. I was all alone and my laughter filled the theater. I thought it was a wicked spoof that took things, like the British Whoops Apocalypse, to a possible but uncomfortable conclusion.

After a run on cable this film dropped off the face of the earth and I didn't see it again until 1991 when I rented it during the first Iraq War. The film suddenly was very relevant and despite the fact that the jokes were funny, I couldn't laugh very much because what happened in the film was mirrored by reality.

Now, 22 years later, film comes out on DVD as the world is even closer to the type of things that happen in the film. Its still funny, and even more uncomfortable.

If you can take a film thats a black comedy that has slightly dated in some ways, but remains right on target with whats going on in the world see this film. Its simply a funny movie thats going to make you see things a little bit differently.

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