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Best Defense 1984 R CC

3.0 out of 5 stars (34) IMDb 3.5/10

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

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Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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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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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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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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"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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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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I was hoping for something like Deal of the Century where the robot aircraft goes berserk and shoots up the demonstration. This movie has a few scenes of automated mayhem but for the most part they are pretty calm. I you can watch it for free and get free popcorn it is ok but don't pay money to see it.
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Format: DVD
I have not received the DVD yet, but going on memory, I like the movie very much. This fits my sense of humor; my reasoning follows. However, it may not fit everyone's humor vein, as expressed by a few reviewers.

Sure, there were some scenes where the movie bogs down a bit, but don't they all? And, like everything out there we have to experience the-whole "Hero's Journey" thing. Some movies do it better than others. ("Hero's Journey" is the name given the so-called formula for script writing(Disney films are hard corps about it.)).

There is a little sentimentality associated with this film for me, as I recall those long past days of my military experience. I cannot speak for present day military--weapons, equipment and so forth--but, back in my day we made do with things that did not always hold up well within the environment they were used. You know, things like rockets that bounce off the target instead of exploding, internal components of radios falling out of their sockets, high humidity corroding and shorting.....long story short; we had to deal with what we had, and find ways to "make them work". This movie shows that. I also know that industries manufacturing for present day military are allowed a certain amount of product failures per-thousand, which is fine--unless of course your are the one holding the dud.

This movie has some very funny moments. Eddie Murphy's take upon experiencing critical equipment failure in the midst of combat is right-on! It's not so funny if it happens to you, at the time, but reminiscing and viewing such things from the comfort of your easy chair, Murphy's take on this it is flat out hilarious.

Other memorable moments are those performed by "Jeff" the KGB agent (I don't know the actor's name), but I known people like him--not agents but regular people in high positions who--to be kind--had very interesting personalities.
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