Best Defense (1984)

R   |    |  Comedy, War

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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.



  • Dudley Moore and Helen Shaver in Best Defense (1984)
  • Dudley Moore and Helen Shaver in Best Defense (1984)
  • Eddie Murphy in Best Defense (1984)
  • Eddie Murphy in Best Defense (1984)
  • Helen Shaver in Best Defense (1984)
  • Eddie Murphy in Best Defense (1984)

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25 January 2018 | vchimpanzee
Exciting, funny
In 1982 Wylie is working for a company located in a former bowling alley which is about to go under. In 1984 Lt. Landry is demonstrating a tank in Kuwait that causes chaos. This is confusing, but the events are related.

Wiley meets a man in a bar who is designing technology for a tank and is about to meet with KGB spy Jeff. Fearing what may happen (and he is right), he sneaks his design into Wylie's briefcase.

Wylie finds the technology, and given that he will save his company by doing so, he reluctantly goes along with a co-worker's scheme to pass the work off as his own. The technology doesn't work perfectly but it can be improved. Wylie secretly asks a co-worker to investigate the plan further and discovers even worse problems.

During all this Wylie also cheats on his wife with boss Clair and runs for his life from Jeff and other goons.

And let's not forget Landry, who has troubles of his own. With plenty of silliness from the natives.

In the end, we have to wonder if Wylie can fix the problems before Landry gets blown up by a tank that has already performed poorly.

This is no masterpiece, but it's pretty good and offers lots of laughs and excitement. The ending is especially satisfying.

Dudley Moore does a pretty good job. I'm aware he has received acclaim for some of his roles. This isn't one of them.

I know David Rasche best as a reckless cop supposedly based on Dirty Harry. He's nearly as talented here. Eddie Murphy dies what he does best: laugh and cry. However, I've seen better from him.

Don't expect too much, and I don't believe this film will disappoint.

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