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Best Defense (1984)

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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1984 movies released in 1984 that were about a military tank. The other was Tank (1984). See more »

Quotes

Wylie Cooper: Fat girls tend to come a lot.
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Alternate Versions

To receive a 15 certificate the UK cinema version was cut by 2 minutes with heavy edits to the opening sex scene. The cuts were waived for the upgraded 18 rated video, and the certificate downgraded to 15 for DVD in 2004. See more »

Connections

References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

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CLOSE TO YOU
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
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Worst Offense
22 December 1998 | by shark-19See all my reviews

No amount of alcohol can render this film bearable. I saw Eddie Murphy on Letterman a few years after this dog was released, talking about why he has to be careful with which scripts he accepts. He said, "A few years back I made a film called Best Defense. And it was bad. [looks into camera] REAL bad!"


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