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Best Defense (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy, War  |  20 July 1984 (USA)
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A military weapons engineer struggles to do his job responsibly, while a hapless tank commander has to live with the consequences in combat years later.

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Steve Loparino
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Clair Lewis
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Harvey Brank
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Wylie is a lazy engineer. Landry is a Sergeant specialising in Armour. They have never met but their lives become entangled when Landry must take the tank Wylie designed into combat. Wylie is waiting for his employer to go out of business when he meets another engineer who gives him a disk with the plans for a system that will save his employer. The other engineer is dead moments later leaving Wylie with the disk and credit for the design. Suddenly Wylie is no longer a hack, but the saviour of his company and finds his life is no longer the same. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Unfortunately, they're both on our side. See more »

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20 July 1984 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Changes from the film's source novel included the name of the character Harvey Brank which was re-named Wylie Cooper (played by Dudley Moore); the engineering company builds a fighter plane in the book whereas in the film it is a tank. Also, the war being fought in the novel was the Vietnam War whereas in this film it is a then fictional Middle East war. See more »

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Lieutenant T.M. Landry: [On the tank he's driving] Who's the cocksucker who built this thing?
[flashbacks to Wylie Cooper]
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MOON RIVER
by Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
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Befuddly Dudley
14 July 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

On a dull evening at home recently I saw this was showing on ITV2, and I settled down to enjoy what I thought would be a reasonably amusing comedy.

Oh dear.

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were one of the greatest ever comedy acts. Peter Cook was a hilarious solo act. Dudley Moore was a brilliant musician...but NOT a good solo comedy player.

All Mr Moore's films seem to have him in an ill fitting three piece suit and horrible seventies hairstyle, running manically around hotel corridors and swearing a lot. This film is no exception.

It just didn't have any really funny moments. Mr Murphy (whose scenes were slotted in later) had one or two funny lines but that was about it.

If Saddam Hussein got the idea of invading Iraq from this film, that would be a good reason to ban it!


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