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Wrong Is Right (1982)

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

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Patrick Hale
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President Lockwood
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Gen. Wombat
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Sally Blake
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Philindros
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Homer Hubbard
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Rafeeq
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Mallory
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Harvey
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Mrs. Ford
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Helmut Unger (as Hardy Kruger)
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Hacker
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King Awad
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Erika
Tony March ...
Abu
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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 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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A very funny look at the world. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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14 May 1982 (USA)  »

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The Man with the Deadly Lens  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,289,545 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Brooks described this movie during the time it was made and released, as "a movie about the craziness of today. It enables you to laugh at the insanity that is about to explode the world". See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Young Girl: I'd rather live with the guilt than with my parents.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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References The Alamo (1960) See more »

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A great movie about television Second to NETWORK
7 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WRONG IS RIGHT was not marketed right when it came out in 1982 and was due to fail. The movie ad tag lines called it "Dr. Strangelove for the 80's," which was a lame attempt to encapsulate a dark comedy by referring to another classic dark comedy, which also dealt with nuclear bombs. I think people were put off by that and because it was two years after the Iranian Hostage Crisis, people didn't want a dark comedy about the Middle East. I loved it in 1982, I love it even more today, because in large part, it was right, wrong is right was right.

HOWEVER, it predicted so much of what has happened in the world since, that it is so prophetic as to be scary. I won't say anything from the movie, but if you watch it and realize when it was made, it's incredible and shows the true genius of those who made it.

Sean Connery leads a cast which is superb.

You have to remember, this was before CNN became the go to news channel.

Enjoy.


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