Best Defense (1984)

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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.


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

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25 April 2011 | neacorp
4
| My confusion was more entertaining
This is one of those few films from my childhood that made a strong impression on me, mainly for the Eddie Murphy's WAM joke. I remembered it had something to do with a faulty new tank in the Iraq war and US engineers at home desperately trying to make something work in it. Oh the good memories.

But now that I rewatched it, well… Eddie Murphy and the tank take up only 1/5 of the movie, while everything else is dedicated to a poor plot about a looser caught up in a spy novel, later dropped and substituted for poor planning by the ministry of defense.

Besides Murphy tank escapade, only the Russian spy was entertaining to watch, but he only appeared in a couple of scenes. Everything else was a chore to watch. The special effects aren't that impressive. The idiot boss is just intolerably dumb. The portrayal of foreigners were horrid. And I have no idea why the wife and child subplot was even necessary, because you could literally replace them with a sealing fan to resolve the main flaw. Oh… Guess I forgot those parts for a reason.

One of the main problems was the editing of events – the tank was developed after the main plots got resolved, but the movie was spliced like it all was happening simultaneously. Unfortunately that meant that the tank flaws were already resolved, or not, so there was really no suspense.

Let's just say the best parts of the movie were about 5-10 minutes long and I would not have missed anything rewatching it. At some points I even confused Dudley Moore's acting for a Rowan Atkinson impersonation. That confusion kept me more entertained then the actual movie.

At least some of it is good to riff over.

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,872,297 22 July 1984

Gross USA:

$19,265,302

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,265,302

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