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Best Defense (1984)

 -  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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Frank Joyner
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Col. Zayas, San Salvador
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Ali, Landry's Tank Crew
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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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Comedy | War

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20 July 1984 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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The name of the engineering company was "Dynatechnics Incorporated". 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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CLOSE TO YOU
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22 December 1998 | by (Salem, OR USA) – See all my reviews

No amount of alcohol can render this film bearable. I saw Eddie Murphy on Letterman a few years after this dog was released, talking about why he has to be careful with which scripts he accepts. He said, "A few years back I made a film called Best Defense. And it was bad. [looks into camera] REAL bad!"


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