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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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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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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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$3,289,545 (USA)
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One of a number of movies made during the 1980s that looked at Middle Eastern politics and/or the Israeli-Palestine conflict. The films included The Soldier (1982), Wrong Is Right (1982), The Delta Force (1986), Witness in the War Zone (1987), The Impossible Spy (1987), The Glory Boys (1984), Hanna K. (1983) and The Little Drummer Girl (1984). See more »

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(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 »

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Frighteningly foretelling script, a must-see today
16 October 2004 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is not Richard Brooks at his best as a movie-maker, but it is a powerful political film, with a great script (written by Brooks)which was wrongly (wrong is right?) dismissed as a "satire" and "comedy" in the early eighties. It is now seen in a very different light, as the whole plot seems to describe the events around the 9/11 attack and the war against terror, Afghanistan and Iraq. Brooks was the last American "cinema author": he wrote, produced and directed many of his works, including several world-class classics. This deserves to be seen as Brook's political testament, and one to be seriously considered and discussed. Why has this movie not been aggressively distributed right after 9/11? The answer might be in the story itself, which is now mixing story and history.


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