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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dudley Moore ... Wylie Cooper

Eddie Murphy ... Lieutenant T.M. Landry

Kate Capshaw ... Laura Cooper

George Dzundza ... Steve Loparino

Helen Shaver ... Clair Lewis

Mark Arnott ... Harvey Brank

Peter Michael Goetz ... Frank Joyner

Tom Noonan ... Frank Holtzman

David Rasche ... Jeff the 'KBG' Agent
Paul Comi ... Chief Agent
Darryl Henriques ... Col. Zayas, San Salvador

Joel Polis ... First Agent
John A. Zee ... Col. McGuinn
Matthew Laurance ... Ali, Landry's Tank Crew

Christopher Maher ... Sayyid, Landry's Tank Crew
Lorry Goldman ... Sol Rupp, Dynatechnics

Charles David Richards ... Mugger (as Stoney Richards)
Tyler Tyhurst ... American Captain
Eduardo Ricard ... Capt. Garcia Vega, Honduras
William Marquez ... Chief Padilla, Guatemala
Deborah Fallender ... Toni
Raye Birk ... Sonny, Dynatechnics

Ellen Crawford ... Sonya, Dynatechnics
Gene Dynarski ... Gil
John Hostetter ... Quirk, Dynatechnics

David Paymer ... Kurly

Dennis Redfield ... Specs
Jerry Hyman ... Col. Kleinman
Hugo Stanger ... Blevin

Tracey Ross ... Arab Girl
Michael Scalera ... Morgan Cooper, Wylie's Son
Rob Wininger ... Lt. Chapin
Gary Bayer ... Lubell
Ronald Salley ... Transportation Captain

Paul Eiding ... Tourist
Stephen Bradley ... Deputy Director
Sanford Jensen ... Second Engineer
Gerald Jann ... Third Engineer
Jennifer Wallace ... Waitress #1 - Casa Chihuahua

Renny Temple ... Coffee Machine Mover
Ziporah Tzabari ... Ancient Kuwaiti Woman
Gabi Amrani ... Old Villager
Rozsika Halmos ... FBI Seamstress
Diane Carter ... Technician
Jake Dengel ... Hotel Doorman
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Radio Man
Burton Collins ... Cameraman
Bill Geisslinger ... Walkie-Talkie Agent
Yitzhak Ne'eman ... Refugee Man (as Itzhak Bbi Neeman)

Jim Jansen ... Lieutenant

Javier Grajeda ... Fredie Gomez, Singer on TV
Patricia Pivaar ... Gloria Webber, Ch. 6 News
Julie Ellis ... Waitress #2

Lillian Müller ... French Singer (as Yuliis Ruval)
Pamela Stonebrook ... Singer, Rive Gauche Room
Elizabeth Reiko Kubota ... Japanese Singer (as Elizabeth Kubota)
Rick Dees ... Himself
Chuck Street ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

D. David Morin ... TV Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Willard Huyck 
Writing credits
Robert Grossbach (novel "Easy and Hard Ways Out")

Gloria Katz  &
Willard Huyck 

Produced by
Gloria Katz .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman  (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Sidney Wolinsky 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
Peter Jamison 
Art Direction by
Bo Welch  (as Robert W. Welch III)
Set Decoration by
R. Chris Westlund 
Costume Design by
Kristi Zea 
Makeup Department
Charles Biedermann .... makeup artist: Israel
Nicky Biedermann .... hair stylist: Israel
Tom Hoerber .... makeup artist (as Thomas A. Hoerber)
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Josephine McCarthy .... hair stylist
Shirley Padgett .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... unit production manager
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager
Shlomo Mugrabi .... production supervisor: Israel
Chayim Sharir .... unit production manager: Israel
Zvi Spielmann .... production supervisor: Israel
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Margo Gawelko .... dga trainee
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director (as Jerry C.G. Grandey)
Nissim Lvy .... assistant director: Israel
Izidore K. Musallam .... second assistant director: Israel
Jerry Sobul .... first assistant director
Catherine Wanek .... second assistant director
Eddie Ziv .... second assistant director: Israel (as Hadas Ziv)
Art Department
Jack Johnson .... production illustrator (as John C. Johnson Jr.)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator
Keith McCormick .... assistant props
Joseph C. Nemec III .... set designer
Giora Porter .... set dresser: Israel
Ariel Roshko .... art director: Israel
Paul Rylander .... assistant props
George Samson .... model maker
John Warnke .... set designer
Steven Westlund .... property master
Donald B. Woodruff .... set designer
Yossi Zomer .... property master: Israel
Sound Department
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editor
Robin Gregory .... sound mixer: Israel
J. Paul Huntsman .... adr editor
Jerry Jost .... sound recordist
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Victoria Martin .... sound effects editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator: Israel
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Bill Wylie .... sound effects editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John R. Elliott .... special effects
Richard E. Johnson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Isa Alsup .... computer animation (uncredited)
Eric Guaglione .... motion control assistant: DQI (uncredited)
Ted Rae .... modelmaker: DQI (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman .... miniature photographer: DQI (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Billy Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Ruffin .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial camera operator: Israel
Gerald A. King .... key grip
John LeBlanc .... first assistant camera (as John E. LeBlanc)
Kal Manning .... gaffer (as Wright K. Manning)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
John C. Moulds .... second assistant camera
Keith Peterman .... camera operator
Laurie Ridley .... still photographer: Israel
Ilan Rosenberg .... camera operator: Israel
Shimon Sabach .... key grip: Israel
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Eyal Geva .... extras casting: Israel
Ilene Starger .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon Brockway .... costumer: men
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: women (as Jennifer Parsons)
Rochelle Zaltzman .... costume supervisor: Israel
Editorial Department
Michael Amundsen .... assistant editor trainee
Martin Cohen .... first assistant editor
Claudia Finkle .... assistant editor
Bob Noland .... color timer
Billy Weber .... additional editor
Music Department
Richard Stone .... composer: song "A Future in Elevator"
Richard Stone .... supervising music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Dan Marrow .... transportation captain
Michael McDuffee .... transportation coordinator (as Mike McDuffee)
Meir Sigura .... transportation coordinator: Israel
Other crew
Lea Andrews .... production manager secretary
Brian Brosnan .... location manager
Zvi Chen .... location manager: Israel
Dan Curry .... title designer
Jaci Eshel .... military advisor: Israel
Louise Jaffe .... script supervisor
Gary Kalkin .... unit publicist
Sandra Rabins .... production accountant
Robert West .... assistant to producer
Prosper Saul .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Best Defence" - Australia (DVD menu title), International (English title) (alternative spelling), UK (poster title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

When Kate Capshaw is humming the Raiders' March (the Indiana Jones theme), not only does it refer to her starring role, but it also alludes to the fact that Best Defense director Willard Huyck was the screenwriter for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).See more »
Chief Padilla, Guatemala:Boom. Dead. Communista.See more »
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References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Interesting concept, poorly executed., 16 October 2003
Author: jfstan-3 from Midwest

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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