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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.

Director:

Willard Huyck

Writers:

Robert Grossbach (novel), Gloria Katz | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John A. Zee ... Col. McGuinn
Matthew Laurance ... Ali, Landry's Tank Crew
Christopher Maher Christopher Maher ... Sayyid, Landry's Tank Crew
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Storyline

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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Unfortunately, they're both on our side. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Best Defence See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,872,297, 22 July 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,265,302
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though Eddie Murphy is listed as Strategic Guest Star, he claimed in an interview with David Letterman that he was paid more for his work in this film than for 48 Hrs. (1982) and Trading Places (1983), combined. See more »

Quotes

Chief Padilla, Guatemala: Boom. Dead. Communista.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited just 35 seconds from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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i thought this was a comedy
20 February 2018 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

C'mon you can't be serious thinking this is of comedy value...dudely moron is his usual pathetic self...even the women in the cast are taller when he wears elevator shoes...not only does this jerk have to buy all his material he has to pay for the phony laughs as well...the truly funny part of this fiasco was seeing kate "the Body" capshaw in the same scene and bed with dudley doofus...she must have been paid a handsome bonus to appear in this film about non-sense....yes, total disregard for arabs in general ....helen shaver actually had a moment of spark but remained fully clothed for a change...on a scale of bad to worse i'd rate this a minus 20


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