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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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A very funny look at the world. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1982 (Netherlands) 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,379,569
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The drama of the film is played out in several international locales such as Washington, D.C., New York City, Marseilles, Rome, and throughout the desert capitals of the oil-rich Middle East, where wild plots and power ploys become daily headlines. Countries from across North Africa, and those deep in the heart of Europe were swept up into the action with breathtaking speed as events of the film comically and fearfully unfolded. A panorama of the day's world and that time's tomorrow's world provided the backdrop for a story that was intended to transform intrigue into hilarity and truth into terror. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) The design of the suitcase bombs is shown to President Lockwood. The bombs are said to contain plutonium, but the design shown fits the uranium bomb (the cannon design), not plutonium bomb (the fission sphere design) - a very distinctive difference President's aides should know. See more »

Quotes

President Lockwood: ...and that's it, all of it.
Patrick Hale: Everything?
President Lockwood: Except for some things.
Patrick Hale: What things?
President Lockwood: Things I can't talk about.
Patrick Hale: Why?
President Lockwood: Executive privilege.
Patrick Hale: To withhold information?
President Lockwood: Even from Congress, from the courts.
Patrick Hale: Mr. President, according to the law, we're supposed to be equal.
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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 Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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A great movie about television Second to NETWORK
7 February 2007 | by JeffBJamesSee all my reviews

WRONG IS RIGHT was not marketed right when it came out in 1982 and was due to fail. The movie ad tag lines called it "Dr. Strangelove for the 80's," which was a lame attempt to encapsulate a dark comedy by referring to another classic dark comedy, which also dealt with nuclear bombs. I think people were put off by that and because it was two years after the Iranian Hostage Crisis, people didn't want a dark comedy about the Middle East. I loved it in 1982, I love it even more today, because in large part, it was right, wrong is right was right.

HOWEVER, it predicted so much of what has happened in the world since, that it is so prophetic as to be scary. I won't say anything from the movie, but if you watch it and realize when it was made, it's incredible and shows the true genius of those who made it.

Sean Connery leads a cast which is superb.

You have to remember, this was before CNN became the go to news channel.

Enjoy.


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