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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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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 <>

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A very funny look at the world. 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,289,545 (USA)

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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 »


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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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Prophetic,biting,black comedy
4 April 2003 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

I wish this movie was more readily IS prophetic.I saw it nearly twenty years ago and have never forgotten it.Connery puts in one of his best performances as the cynical, jaded, journalist.I would urge all students of US foreign policy to rent-and analyze-this film

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