Best Defense 1984 R CC

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Comic geniuses Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy star in this high tech adventure that sets modern warfare back a couple of hundred years.

Starring:
Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Comedy
Director Willard Huyck
Starring Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy
Supporting actors Kate Capshaw, George Dzundza, Helen Shaver, Mark Arnott, Peter Michael Goetz, Tom Noonan, David Rasche, Paul Comi, Darryl Henriques, Joel Polis, John A. Zee, Matthew Laurance, Christopher Maher, Lorry Goldman, Charles David Richards, Tyler Tyhurst, Eduardo Ricard, William Marquez
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Either way it's a failure.
Jason Plastow
Watch "Spies like Us" instead.
Paul Sherman
Somebody, make them stop already!
Lance Falk

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank T. Miller on November 30, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Great comedy? Um, no. But some damn funny moments and a chance to hear David Rasche do an 'R' rated version of Sledge Hammer??? YEAH!!!

Regardless of what's been said, this film DOES have its moments and can be watched quite easily when you're just in a silly mood (have a few shots first - well maybe more than a few). If you can get into some of the stupid crap that Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd released, you can surely get into this. Hey... it has SLEDGE HAMMER! in it!!! Come on, PEOPLE!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill M (billclub@ix.netcom.com) on October 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Perhaps not for the masses, but anyone who has been involved with ther defense industry in the 70's and 80's will appreciate this "only slightly exagerated" depiction of life in a defense company. I watched this movie about 6 times, one for each round of lay-offs at my previous employer, and laughed harder each time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on December 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
First the good news - this movie is actually two movies in one. Now the bad news - one of them isn't that good, and you barely get enough of the other to make it all worthwhile.
First, we meet Eddie Murphy as a US Army lieutenant sent to some middle eastern desert kingdom to help demonstrate and sell a new high-tech tank. This being a 1980's movie, it's no surprise that the tank doesn't work, and nearly everything seems to fall off or otherwise refuse to cooperate. (20 million moving parts, all built by the lowest bidder in Reagonomics-era dollars.) Trying to get the thing moving, Murphy's character turns a sheik's Mercedes into an oversized skateboard and, before he can get the tank to go where he wants it, finds he's stuck in a major desert war in which his tank is conspicuously the largest moving target ("I'm not in this war", he shouts vainly at jets making runs on his cranky-tank, "I'm from Cleveland!"). Remember when I said that this flick had two movies - the Murphy half is the better half.
We then cut a few years earlier to LA where Dudley Moore is one of the head engineers of a teetering defense contractor struggling to perfect the main gyroscope slated to go into Murphy's tank. Wiley's (Moore's character) fate is tied to gyro, but his life is already a mess - not even the toys he makes for his son works, and his frigid wife (Kate Capshaw, and yes, she does hum the "Raiders" theme in one scene that got more laughs than most of the movie) isn't about to stick with a man whose future is so cloudy. After a disastrous test which essentially dooms the project (and the company), Wiley runs into some guy at a bar who (in a twist that's a bit much even for a convoluted movie like this) is at work for another defense contractor on a competing version of the Dip-gyro.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on June 9, 2012
Format: DVD
"The worst movie ever done in the history of anything." - Eddie Murphy

Paramount paid Eddie Murphy a cool million to help salvage a failed Dudley Moore comedy. However, nothing can save "Best Defense" (1984) from its sheer awfulness. Except for a brief James Brown imitation, Murphy delivers zero laughs as the film's "Strategic Guest Star." (Ironically, Eddie and Dudley's only scene together ended up on the cutting-room floor.) Writer-director Willard Huyck was later responsible for the notorious "Howard the Duck." Take the money and run, indeed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikoletta Kontouli on August 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Murphy at his best, is offering us, everyone who enjoys a good laugh, a comedy that is a true masterpiece, when one considers all the different areas it is dealing with. Murphy and the rest of the crue manage to show the true vanity of war, and the subliminal message that we all get killed and fooled in the name of glory and freedom. The obvious truth and goal behind every conflict in the world are the financial interests, lets not full ourselves. Anyway an excellent effort making many sharks feel quite embarassed.
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By ABRDDS on April 16, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A quirky movie, that combines the range of comedic geniuses ...Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy both bring the cause and effect plot to life...really a nice movie...
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By Siemon J. Franken on January 31, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
corny,cliched,dated,jingoistic-its only value it its clear proof of psyops in perpetual motion
pre 9/11 war porn in a 'comedic' setting
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Best Defense feels like two half-movies shot in parallel, one with Eddie Murphy and the other with Dudley Moore and then poorly editied together. I don't thnk the two stars ever share any screen time together. Eddie plays the standard Eddie character, while Moore plays a mildly dislikable & somewhat sleazy engineer who has no qualms sbout infidelity. Both leads do a good job, albeit each in their own movie...

Feh. Watch "Spies like Us" instead.
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