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Wrong Is Right (1982)

A satire of American news reporting, Covert Agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads television newsman ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Charles McCarry (novel), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Patrick Hale
George Grizzard ... President Lockwood
Robert Conrad ... Gen. Wombat
Katharine Ross ... Sally Blake
G.D. Spradlin ... Philindros
John Saxon ... Homer Hubbard
Henry Silva ... Rafeeq
Leslie Nielsen ... Mallory
Robert Webber ... Harvey
Rosalind Cash ... Mrs. Ford
Hardy Krüger ... Helmut Unger (as Hardy Kruger)
Dean Stockwell ... Hacker
Ron Moody ... King Awad
Cherie Michan Cherie Michan ... Erika
Tony March Tony March ... Abu
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Storyline

A satire of American news reporting, Covert Agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads television newsman Patrick Hale on an international chase to track them down, and uncover the twisting maze of apparent involvement of U.S. Government agencies. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man with the Deadly Lens See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,412,646, 16 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,379,569
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrically released Hollywood movie for Hardy Krüger. See more »

Goofs

The lighting changes between the live and the obvious studio shots of Hale parachuting from the plane in the opening sequence. For example, there are 3 light sources in the studio shot reflected on his helmet (including one from in front of him as he looks out from the plane), rather than just the sunlight from above. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Hale: The suitcases are the key. Lockwood needs the bombs to prove justifiable homicide, Rafeeq, to prove there were no bombs, and Mallory needs them to win the election. And we need them for an exclusive story. Book me on the first plane to Paris and have that money when I get there.
Harvey: You expect us to pay two million dollars?
Patrick Hale: Maybe more.
Harvey: But that's checkbook journalism!
Patrick Hale: What kind of journalism was it when television paid half a million for an exclusive on the Bay of Pigs? A million dollars for Nixon ...
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Crazy Credits

Filmed in New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, New Mexico, France, Italy and Hagreb. [Hagreb is a fictional country featured in the movie, and France and Italy appear only in archive footage.] See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video release versions entitled "The Man with the Deadly Lens" were cut first by 2 seconds, then re-released cut by 7 seconds to reduce footage of a bomb being made from a light bulb. However, the DVD released in 2004 entitled "Wrong is Right" is uncut. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Twenty Years Too Soon
3 April 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Reporter Sean Connery is hot on the trail of a terrorist seeking nuclear weapons. He's tracked by the CIA and other governmental agencies as well as various media outlets. Everyone manipulates everyone and in the end you're left wondering if there is anyone we can trust either in government or in the media.

When first released the film was a seemingly over the top spoof of the media and the governments uneasy relationship. No one could believe that this film was even remotely connected to reality and so they ignored it. I saw this film in a completely empty theater back in 1982. I was all alone and my laughter filled the theater. I thought it was a wicked spoof that took things, like the British Whoops Apocalypse, to a possible but uncomfortable conclusion.

After a run on cable this film dropped off the face of the earth and I didn't see it again until 1991 when I rented it during the first Iraq War. The film suddenly was very relevant and despite the fact that the jokes were funny, I couldn't laugh very much because what happened in the film was mirrored by reality.

Now, 22 years later, film comes out on DVD as the world is even closer to the type of things that happen in the film. Its still funny, and even more uncomfortable.

If you can take a film thats a black comedy that has slightly dated in some ways, but remains right on target with whats going on in the world see this film. Its simply a funny movie thats going to make you see things a little bit differently.


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