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Wrong Is Right (1982)

 -  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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Patrick Hale
George Grizzard ...
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
Rosalind Cash ...
Mrs. Ford
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Helmut Unger (as Hardy Kruger)
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Hacker
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King Awad
Cherie Michan ...
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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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16 April 1982 (USA)  »

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The Man with the Deadly Lens  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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

One of this movie's main posters was designed in painted artwork featuring Sean Connery standing in a James Bond-like pose with a television camera instead of a gun and with two girls in bikinis at his feet. In the background inside a circle (evoking a gun barrel) were two scenes of action, while in the air above was a spy satellite. All these elements were typical of the James Bond movie franchise which Connery had been a big part of. This was not the original poster for this movie. The Bond-type poster was used in various non-USA markets, replacing the original poster after the film was a commercial failure in North America. This was the second 'Sean Connery non-Bond film to have a Bond-like poster in just a few years, as the main movie poster for Cuba (1979) was also designed like a Bond movie poster. See more »

Goofs

The lighting changes between the live and the obvious studio shots of Hale parachuting from the plane in the opening sequence. For example, there are 3 light sources in the studio shot reflected on his helmet (including one from in front of him as he looks out from the plane), rather than just the sunlight from above. See more »

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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 »

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Spoofs Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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A VICIOUS AND SAVAGE SATIRE
11 April 2001 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

Richard Brooks' "Wrong Is Right" is a vicious and savage satire of many aspects of society. Television, news reporting, politics and pleasure domes are just a few of the targets Brooks' aims at in this truly underrated film.

I really don't want to give away the plot because one of the true pleasures of this movie is Brooks' surprises and payoffs. So let me in a carefully vague way give a hint of what it's all about. Sean Connery plays a television reporter (notice how in many of Brooks' films, that the protagonists are reporters ex: Fever Pitch, In Cold Blood, Bite the Bullet)who gets involved with a terrorist group and ends up in a bigger mess than he anticipated.

But that's not the whole story. But I dare not say anymore because the film depends on the element of surprise.


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