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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Cooper
Steve Loparino
Clair Lewis
Harvey Brank
Frank Joyner
Frank Holtzman
Jeff the 'KBG' Agent
Paul Comi ...
Chief Agent
Darryl Henriques ...
Col. Zayas, San Salvador
First Agent
John A. Zee ...
Col. McGuinn
Ali, Landry's Tank Crew
Christopher Maher ...
Sayyid, Landry's Tank Crew


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 <>

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Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA)  »

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Best Defence  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Eddie Murphy was hosting "Saturday Night Live", he mocked the film and his decision to appear in it by saying "What?! How dare you give me a script like this! Oh, THAT much money? Let's go!" Murphy has also said, "How did I get involved? The door opened, and four men came in carrying a check". See more »


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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References Superman (1978) See more »


by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
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bad, BAD BAD!
20 March 2001 | by (silicon valley) – See all my reviews

I actually had a bit part in this film. It was filmed in Israel around 1985 in the desert and I got to work with Eddie Murphy. In one scene I appear (for about 10 seconds)standing in a jeep behind Eddie Murphy's jeep. I only mention this because I told my parents to see the film in the theater. My biggest regret is that they had to pay FULL PRICE to sit through an awful experience. I would not recommend this film to anyone.

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