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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 overview, first billed only:
Patrick Hale
President Lockwood
Gen. Wombat
Sally Blake
Homer Hubbard
Mrs. Ford
Helmut Unger (as Hardy Kruger)
King Awad
Cherie Michan ...
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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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Release Date:

14 May 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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The English home video release versions entitled "The Man with the Deadly Lens" were cut first by two seconds, then re-released cut by seven seconds to reduce footage of a bomb being made from a light bulb. However, the UK DVD released in 2004 entitled "Wrong is Right" is apparently uncut. 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 »


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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 »


References The Alamo (1960) See more »

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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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