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

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$3,289,545 (USA)
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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 »

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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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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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