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Defense Play (1988)

PG | | Action, Drama | September 1988 (USA)
Professor Vandemeer works on a secret project for the US-Air-Force called DART: a very small helicopter for scouting and defense. When he gets killed, Colonel Denton gets under suspicion. ... See full summary »

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David Oliver ...
Scott Denton
Susan Ursitti ...
Karen Vandemeer
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Mark Denton
Eric Gilliom ...
Bill Starkey
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Norm Beltzer
Jack Esformes ...
Eddie Dietz
William Frankfather ...
General Phillips
Tom Rosqui ...
Chief Gill
Milos Kirek ...
Anton
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Ann Denton
Terence Cooper ...
Professor Vandemeer
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Margaret Fields
Jonathon Wise ...
Nick
Dah-ve Chodan ...
Audrey Denton
Ron Recasner ...
Mike Agee
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Professor Vandemeer works on a secret project for the US-Air-Force called DART: a very small helicopter for scouting and defense. When he gets killed, Colonel Denton gets under suspicion. His son Scott and Vandemeers daughter Karen believe in his innocence and search for the true murderer and his motives. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The Air Force's new weapon looks like a toy--but the KGB is not playing games.

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Eat Lunch and Watch a Movie
25 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason I've found it my duty to push my hands through the muck of 80's film until something worthwhile rises to the surface. There are so many trashy 80's films out there, geared toward teens and the immature college crowd (i.e. Hobgoblins), that it's overwhelming.

I was only interested in watching "Defense Play" because of Susan Ursitti. Having watched "Teen Wolf" just the other night, I wondered where the likable Boof went. "Defense Play" was her next and feature film, so I thought I'd take a look.

Well, what can I say; Ursitti's dialogue was stilted, but she was the most charming character of the lot. Honestly, how could anyone act well when playing off of a card-reading Ken doll like David Oliver? It's so hard for people to sympathize with a spoiled athletic college playboy.

The box art for "Defense Play" was the seller for me. It looked pretty hokey in a cool kind of way, reminding me of Airwolf and War Games combined. Luckily, the movie didn't play out like War Games, but more like radio controlled Airwolf, blended with the finest jet stock footage.

So the plot was predictable, and I knew who the secret bad guy was by the second act, but the laugh factor was pretty good. This is a great lunchtime film. Make a sandwich, eat some chips through the dialogue, and all will be well.

80's sci-fi that has risen to the surface: Timerider - The Keep - Ghost Warrior

80's computer sci-fi classics: Tron - War Games - InnerSpace


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