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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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If it doesn't happen on TV, it means nothing! See more »

Genres:

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

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

This movie features a gag that spoofed Lawrence of Arabia (1962), when former James Bond Sir Sean Connery is in the desert, the music score from that movie was sampled. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) did this gag, with Sir Roger Moore as James Bond. 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: You call that news? We peddle disaster! And violence, it's commercial! Blood and tears and football and cheers. Performers, superstars. Get them on, get them off. Next, next, fast, fast! We're in the entertainment business. There's nothing wrong with that... if you call it that.
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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 Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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Trenchant observer
1 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Times might be right for a critical reassessment of Wrong Is Right. Made during the Reagan era a lot of history has happened subsequently and Richard Brooks may have been a prophet just as Paddy Chayefsky was in Network. The topper may be the election of our current president.

Sean Connery whose international stardom didn't quite guarantee the box office returns for Wrong Is Right that the producers hoped for plays a cynical newscaster an observer on the scene of some history making events.

All starting with the spiritual revelations of Ron Moody playing the monarch of a desert middle eastern kingdom who gets some mystical revelations about starting a holy war. To do so he purchases a pair of suitcase nukes from arms dealer Hardy Kruger and makes alliance with a Mid Eastern terrorist Henry Silva.

There's a presidential election involved as incumbent George Grizzard tries to show himself as tough as the office demands, especially those demands voiced by former President Leslie Nielsen who is trying to do a Grover Cleveland and return to the White House.

The Twin Towers of New York actually play a role here so a faithful remake isn't possible. The end is right out of Duck Soup. Besides those mentioned I enjoyed Rosalind Cash as the Vice President, G.D. Spradlin as the harassed CIA head, and Robert Conrad with the Dickensian name of General Wombat.

He and Connery share the climax in an ending superb and sublime.

This one is a sleeper, check it out.


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