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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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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 three Dudley Moore movies released in 1984. The other two are Micki + Maude (1984) and Unfaithfully Yours (1984). See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) See more »

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MOON RIVER
by Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
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Interesting concept, poorly executed.
16 October 2003 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

An ironic aspect of this otherwise indigestible flop is that the final concept, although created as a desperate, expos facto attempt to inject life into the film, might have actually worked, had it been in the plan from the beginning.

Although the future plot line (or present, according to how you wish to perceive it) involving Murphy was filmed later, the concept of one plot line's actions having a direct result on another in the future could have been interesting. All it needed was a script, production values, creative foresight and inspired performances by the actors. This film, unfortunately, had none of the above.

Moore is convinced that a device slated to be installed on a tank is defective in its design, and must try to fix it before it's built and put into use. Two years in the future, sure enough, Murphy is driving a tank which uses this very device. Will Moore improve the design in time to save Murphy's life? Well, it's little confusing to flash back and forth between these plot lines, but they do manage to culminate into a semi-climactic moment, but much too late to save the viewer from mindless boredom.


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