Best Defense (1984)

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Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy try but fail to bring this flat comedy to life, while the story itself is hampered by intercutting between the years of 1982 in Los Angeles (Moore) and 1984 in Kuwait (Murphy), with no explanation of how these two disparate people and locations are related. Wylie (Moore) is an inept engineer trying to perfect a gyro system for his employers who contract projects with the U.S. defense department. Wylie accidentally gets some blueprints for another type of gyro -- and his company successfully manufactures the part, much to almost everyone's benefit. Unfortunately, these plans are coveted by a certain ruthless industrial spy (David Rasche), and the FBI itself is suspicious about the origins of the blueprints in Wylie's hands. Meanwhile (and in constant interspersed segments), Landry (Murphy) is trying to get his tank to stay on course, but no matter what he does the machine swerves and lunges at random -- could there be a gyro at fault here?
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Home Video

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Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Lt. T.M. Landry
Dudley Moore
as Wylie Cooper
Helen Shaver
as Clare Lewis
George Dzundza
as Loparino
Peter Michael Goetz
as Frank Joyner
Mark Arnott
as Brank
Tom Noonan
as Holtzman
Paul Comi
as Chief Agent
Ray Sharkey
as Radio Man
Darryl Henriques
as Col. Zayas
Joel Polis
as 1st Agent
John A. Zee
as Col. McGuinn
Tyler Tyhurst
as American Captain
Eduardo Ricard
as Garcia Vega
Raye Birk
as Sonny
Jerry Hyman
as Col. Kleinman
Tracey Ross
as Arab Girl
Rob Wininger
as Lt. Chapin
Gary Bayer
as Lubell
Ronald Salley
as Transportation Captain
Paul Eiding
as Tourist
Stephen Bradley
as Deputy Director
Sanford Jensen
as Engineer
Gerald Jann
as Engineer
Jennifer Wallace
as Waitress
Renny Temple
as Coffee Machine Mover
Ziporah Tzabari
as Ancient Kuwaiti Woman
Gabi Amrani
as Old Villager
Rick Dees
as Himself
Rozsika Halmos
as Seamstress
Diane Carter
as Technician
Jake Dengel
as Doorman
Billy Ray Sharkey
as Radio Man
Burton Collins
as Cameraman
Bill Geisslinger
as Walkie-Talkie Agent
Jim Jansen
as Lieutenant
Javier Grajeda
as Freddie Gomez
Patricia Pivaar
as Newscaster
Julie Ellis
as Waitress
Yulis Ruval
as French Singer
Elizabeth Kubota
as Japanese Singer
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Critic Reviews for Best Defense

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

It really isn't easy to make a movie as mind-bendingly bad as Best Defense. It takes hard work, a very great deal of money and people so talented that it matters when they fail with such utter lack of distinction.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

A dismally unfunny shambles.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Try as they may, neither the cast nor the filmmakers can cover up the fact that this movie, like Moore's prototype, is a dud.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
TV Guide

Aiming for the zaniness of Catch-22, this comedy misfires.

August 20, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Best Defense

½

I was bored....Damn right sleepy 20 minutes into this. The story is cool but the delivery is a bad punchline one after another.

Emeka Watson
Emeka Watson
½

Disappointing, Best Defense, have a poor, but clever, screenplay, poor direction and nothing funny moments. A low point in Dudley Moore's career. It's a good film to know, but terrible to be one of your favorite. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

Let's face it, Dudley Moore's film career STANK! A film of two halves, with Moore and Murphy featuring in two different stories, neither of which are even vaguely funny.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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