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Best Defense (1984)

R | | Comedy, War | 20 July 1984 (USA)
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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Harvey Brank
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Storyline

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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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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One of a number of 1980s war / military comedies. The films include Private Benjamin (1980), Stripes (1981), The Survivors (1983), Wrong Is Right (1982)_, Spies Like Us (1985), 1941 (1979), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Biloxi Blues (1988), Deal of the Century (1983), Up the Academy (1980), The Odd Angry Shot (1979) and To Be or Not to Be (1983). See more »

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Chief Padilla, Guatemala: Boom. Dead. Communista.
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References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

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RAIDERS MARCH
by John Williams
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Worst Offense
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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